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#612545 - 30th Oct 2011 7:52pm Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006
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Checked my oil earlier, it was low so I topped it up, its now sitting just under the maximum on the dipstick. When i was topping it up I noticed that my coolant level was slightly low also just under the line. I was going to go and get some tommorow as I didnt have any.

Ive just been out, driven about ten miles on motorway and all seemed fine. Pulled up at the lights off the motorway and could see steam coming off the bonnet quite badly.

Got back home, lifted the bonnet in the dark to find everything damp under the bonnet and steam coming off the engine (I did spill a tiny amount of oil on the engine and wiped it off when i was topping up so expected a small amount of steam etc.

Got the torch had a look and the coolant is completely empty- but there seemed to be plenty in it earlier though just under the line.

Any ideas whats happened and why the coolant would be completely empty just from an oil top up? Am i likely to have done any damage? Also worried cause everything seems damp including top of the fuse box and battery- have wiped it with a cloth the best I can

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#612556 - 30th Oct 2011 8:05pm Re: Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006 [Re: chris123]
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bit of a wierd smell as well quite hard to see in the dark!

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#612564 - 30th Oct 2011 8:09pm Re: Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006 [Re: chris123]
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You do know that coolant is just water (and a bit of antifreeze) should have just put tap water in. Sounds like it's overheated and any remaining water has evaporated. If you're lucky, nothing is damaged, if not, then

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#612567 - 30th Oct 2011 8:12pm Re: Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006 [Re: chris123]
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Did you check oil when engine was cold?

Could be thermostate gone, and caused it to overheat, easy job to put new one in, while your putting new one in, flush the system, and put new coolant in and right mix of anti freeze, good time to do it just before the icy winter sets in.
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#612568 - 30th Oct 2011 8:13pm Re: Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006 [Re: chris123]
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A lot of cars you have to bleed the air out he coolant system one way or another, the bottle can be bang on the mark but in reality the engine can have mostly air in it.

Different cars have different ways of filling, even so, some are bloomin' difficult to do the job completely.
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#612570 - 30th Oct 2011 8:13pm Re: Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006 [Re: peodude]
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Yes I knew that, well I know i have mixed it with tap water in the past. But as there seemed to be quite a bit in there anyway even though just under the line i thought it would be ok until tommorow. Gonna throw some water in now anyway until I can some coolant tommorow

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#612571 - 30th Oct 2011 8:15pm Re: Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006 [Re: chris123]
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Willo, no I checked the oil straight after I had been out this morning, topped it up and went for a 5 minute drive after i topped it up, then checked it again

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#612596 - 30th Oct 2011 8:36pm Re: Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006 [Re: chris123]
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just been out and checked again all dry under bonnet now, ill throw some coolant in tommorow and hopefully all be ok. Dont understand how it had rinsed all the coolant though just from topping up the oil never done that before- also no light on the dash to tell me- I dont have a coolant guage in my car


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#612600 - 30th Oct 2011 8:38pm Re: Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006 [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Originally Posted By: diggingdeeper
A lot of cars you have to bleed the air out he coolant system one way or another, the bottle can be bang on the mark but in reality the engine can have mostly air in it.

Different cars have different ways of filling, even so, some are bloomin' difficult to do the job completely.
i agree, my punto is a right pain to bleed the air out, i still aint got it all out, i still hear gurggling sounds from heater matrix when i start car, good bye head gasket
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#612603 - 30th Oct 2011 8:39pm Re: Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006 [Re: chris123]
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i know all about the airlocks in punto coolant systems, I had a grande punto before which had that problem lol

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#612606 - 30th Oct 2011 8:41pm Re: Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006 [Re: chris123]
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Did you put the cap back on? did you tighten it properly?

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#612610 - 30th Oct 2011 8:42pm Re: Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006 [Re: spider1]
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spider the coolant cap you mean or oil cap? Oil cap on fine, didnt touch coolant cap

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#612727 - 30th Oct 2011 10:50pm Re: Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006 [Re: Clive]
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Originally Posted By: Willo
Did you check oil when engine was cold?

Could be thermostate gone, and caused it to overheat, easy job to put new one in, while your putting new one in, flush the system, and put new coolant in and right mix of anti freeze, good time to do it just before the icy winter sets in.


Thermostats stick open when they fail, so that wont be the issue.

Id refill with coolant, and run the car on the spot with heaters on. Check the heater blows warm air and that the rad fan kicks in and turns itself off after a few mins....
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#612793 - 31st Oct 2011 8:16am Re: Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006 [Re: chris123]
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Cheers Stuy, will try this later- gonna pick some coolant up later and check the level drops dramatically like it did last night

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#613120 - 31st Oct 2011 5:50pm Re: Coolant gone after oil top up Astra H 2006 [Re: chris123]
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Sorry just seen rest of title smack


Edited by _Ste_ (31st Oct 2011 5:51pm)
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