Coolant reservoir acting strange - MINI Cooper Forum
Go Back   MINI Cooper Forum > MINI Technical Forums > MINI Faults & Fixes > First Generation Faults & Fixes


First Generation Faults & Fixes MINI faults and fixes 2001 - 2006

Mini2.com is the premier Mini Cooper Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Nov 1st, 2012, 11:46 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 2
Local Time: 05:09 AM
England
Coolant reservoir acting strange

Hello, I was wondering if someone could give me a bit of advice. I am not a mechanic and know only a little about the inner workings of cars. I have a 2004 Mini Cooper. About a week ago I noticed the engine fan stopping on for a few minutes. Checked water levels and saw where quite low. No ever heating or low water alarms though. Over the last week the water reservoir seems to be emptying but no other symptoms. Had a local mechanic look at it and he couldn't find anything wrong. Everything seemed to be working ok. Then yesterday after a short journey I checked water again and nothing in the tank. Started engine and heard a really weird noise and gushing water, checked the water tank and it was full! Is this normal? It seems like the coolant is getting stuck in the pipes and then getting dumped back in the tank intermittently. Any thought would be welcome. As you can imagine I a bit disconcerted with the situation and worried about driving the car until I know it's ok. Thanks
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 09:53 AM
mab01uk's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: London
Posts: 5,718
Local Time: 06:09 AM
United Kingdom Male
When the coolant level dropped too low, air or an air lock got in the cooling and heater system which is the gushing sound you can hear........the air needs to be bleed out asap and the source of the leak traced or overheating will damage your engine/head gasket......leak is probably thermostat housing or lower bottom corners of radiator which are often common leak points on Mini's.
Reply With Quote
Thanks for this post from:
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 07:28 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 2
Local Time: 05:09 AM
England
mab01uk When the coolant level dropped too low, air or an air lock got in the coolin

Thanks very much for the reply. Gonna have a go tomorrow at locating the bleed valves. I think I.m going to have to get it looked at by a garage but reluctant to go to mini dealer for obvious reasons. I just don't trust them. Any tips on trying to localise the leak?
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 07:46 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 7
Local Time: 05:09 AM
United Kingdom
Hi - Have a look at my link on the second generation bit I've had problems like this with my 2007 Cooper S. Please check for air locks and have the thermostat housing and water pump checked, so you don't end up in my predicament. I broke down with no overheating warning lights and now need a complete new engine. Someone has recommended fitting a Scan Gauge 2 that keeps a check on engine temperature, that might have helped in my case. Hopefully, you wll have a better outcome.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 11:55 PM
mab01uk's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: London
Posts: 5,718
Local Time: 06:09 AM
United Kingdom Male
To try to localise the leak put a sheet of clean cardboard under the engine while parked overnight night and see if it drips and where from......failing that a garage pressure test but even that may not show up a slight leak, look also for stains and residue of leaks around the engine bay, radiator and hoses, etc. Also check interior carpets for damp from heater matrix leaks.
Bleeding links here:
Solving MINI Cooling Problems.......... - Forums
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

» Recent Threads
Lights on warning not working
Oct 21st, 2014 11:42 AM
by S2dicky
Last post by burnstar
Today 04:54 AM
2 Replies, 246 Views
$95 @ Willow Springs Streets of Willow November 15-16 2014
Today 01:37 AM
by harvie
Last post by harvie
Today 01:37 AM
0 Replies, 44 Views
Mini Clubman Barn Doors Won't Lock
Yesterday 03:51 AM
Last post by WeeBad
Today 12:48 AM
1 Replies, 201 Views
PAS Fluid Leak HELP!!
Oct 15th, 2014 07:16 PM
Last post by mab01uk
Yesterday 10:59 PM
7 Replies, 602 Views
2001 Mini Cooper - heater not working
Yesterday 08:41 AM
by TreezaB
Last post by mab01uk
Yesterday 10:52 PM
1 Replies, 164 Views
Problem after problem!! Help please!!
Yesterday 08:32 PM
Last post by mab01uk
Yesterday 10:50 PM
1 Replies, 191 Views
Wheel arch - advice please :)
Yesterday 10:08 PM
Last post by mab01uk
Yesterday 10:43 PM
1 Replies, 82 Views
The new MINI voted "Classic of the Future"
Yesterday 07:08 PM
by mab01uk
Last post by Caveman
Yesterday 09:04 PM
1 Replies, 115 Views
Power Steering - not gone but acting up
Yesterday 02:23 PM
Last post by Caveman
Yesterday 09:01 PM
2 Replies, 160 Views
Bonnet gap bigger on one side
Oct 15th, 2014 05:28 PM
Last post by chris0074
Yesterday 08:42 PM
10 Replies, 981 Views
Fuel Consumption in Mini Cooper D 2014
Oct 21st, 2014 08:09 PM
Last post by chris0074
Yesterday 08:41 PM
7 Replies, 301 Views
MINI Customer Support - Spec list via VIN number
Yesterday 02:46 PM
Last post by chris0074
Yesterday 08:31 PM
5 Replies, 189 Views
R56 Aux input volume???????
Oct 20th, 2014 04:00 PM
Last post by peteski2014
Yesterday 07:31 PM
3 Replies, 418 Views
sunroof issue seeking repair suggestions in Toronto
Yesterday 07:19 PM
by wheaten
Last post by wheaten
Yesterday 07:19 PM
0 Replies, 92 Views
Start/Stop engine button illuminated when car is locked
Oct 21st, 2014 08:07 PM
Last post by chris0074
Yesterday 07:09 PM
5 Replies, 254 Views
2001 Cooper wheel nut key
Oct 20th, 2014 05:05 PM
Last post by Caveman
Yesterday 05:29 PM
7 Replies, 508 Views
sunroof issue seeking repair suggestions in Toronto
Yesterday 05:28 PM
by wheaten
Last post by wheaten
Yesterday 05:28 PM
0 Replies, 103 Views
Mini Cooper Wheels.
Yesterday 04:40 PM
by Fraze
Last post by Fraze
Yesterday 04:40 PM
0 Replies, 117 Views
odd front wheels
Yesterday 11:38 AM
by fazned
Last post by fazned
Yesterday 02:56 PM
2 Replies, 146 Views
2015 Roadster S Backup Light(s)?
Oct 11th, 2014 12:19 PM
Last post by karlos9191
Yesterday 12:36 PM
2 Replies, 506 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 05:09 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2