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Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by ROBA3T, Aug 27, 2013.

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    [Aug 27, 2013]
    Hey all

    Just noticed my a3 uses water need to top it up every 2 weeks as it drops below min
    I asked the father in law who I bought it off
    And he said it's done that ever since he had it which he owned for 2 years+
    He had it in a vag specialist and they could not find anything

    I am assuming headgasket? The oil is ok and not getting water in
    Is they any common areas to look at so far I have checked oil
    All hoses and radiator.

    They is no leaks on the drive
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    [Aug 27, 2013]
    what engine?
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    [Aug 27, 2013]
    Are you using water or do you have proper coolant in there? if using the correct G12 variant then it will be obvious if there is a leaking pipe somewhere... G12 leaves nice pink stains...

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    Sorry it's a 1.8t 2000model I am not 100% sure if they is coolant in just looks normal dirty water could I not put a dye in the water so I don't waste coolant
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    Should be using a proper G12 coolant really dude.. you want to go to a local garage for a hydrocarbons test... that should determine if the headgasket has gone... fairly rare tbh as they are quite sturdy but cracked heads are fairly common...

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