My first post!
Anyway, apologies for re-writing what a great deal of members have written already regarding cooling problems. I'd like you to have a shifty through these probs though and see if you reckon there's anything different about them.
The car's heading for a mechanic on Thursday morning but I'm curious as to what's going on anyway.
1. Car overheats when driving. Engine temp reading hits 120.
2. Coolant levels appear normal. Have replaced coolant already, along with thermostat. No improvements; car still overheats.
3. Top hose builds up pressure and gets hot, bottom hose stays 'squeezy' and cool but gets hot close to the thermostat.
4. Heater doesn't pump hot air into the cabin. Fans work but no heat.
Checked car history. Had the timing belt changed at 60k. No record of the water pump being done at the same time. (I just clocked up 100k at the weekend.)
Car has been to the mechanic for a 'quick look' last week - diagnosis was that there are no pressurising problems, no obvious signs of head gasket failure and no bleeding issues.
Question: Do you think I need to get on and get the timing belt and water pump changed?
Also, I don't have any time this week to work on the car myself (or a hose!) so may as well ask the garage to flush the rad and the heater matrix too - what say you fine people?
To reiterate apologies for re-writing cooling problems - thanks for reading.