The head has been checked for leaks by 4 mechanics the answer is inconclusive.
Why doesn't the heater work - no heat?
Checked for soft soft hoses collapsing with different flow rates and water pressures?[/Quote:7dc621095c]
the head has been checked again - no leaks.
There is no oil in the coolant.
There is no water in the oil.
Thermostatic fan kicks in about 100 c which is apparently normal
the cars normal running temp all year round is 85 c
turning the airconditioner on does not cool the engine down with its fans running.
It has the correct coolant mixture in it.
There is a set of heater hoses called the heater matrix, which can get blocked.
I'm going to check the matrix for blockages next.
I'm reading on other forums that there could be airlocks, it seems odd but I'll try bleeding the air out tonight.
Overall, this has got me stumped. It seems many Vectras across the planet have the identical symptoms with inexplicable overheating and there are at least 20 inter-related reasons for this. In modern engines it is quite bizarre that there isn't a simpler diagnostic process other than pull parts off and replace them and hopefully this is it.
Bugger this I'm gonna design a testing system for the coolant system over the weekend.
In the meantime, does anyone know if there is a Opel, Vauxhall or Holden mechanic out in cyberspace willing to tell us if the Vectra has a more serious fault that explains the large number of overheating problems.
Can anyone tell me where and how many temperature sensors are on the engine, radiator, thermostat?
Does anyone have a wiring diagram and coolant system diagram of the Vectra 1998 JS series?
How do you test if the water pump is pushing through enough water without have to take it off the car?
Does anyone have a factory workshop manual? Haynes is ordinary and not relevant to the motors in Australia.
Basically, I've run out of money to throw at the Vectra so all the cheap options have to be eliminated before I can possibly think about replacing head gaskets etc.
Thursday, October 1st, 2009 AT 1:29 AM