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Hi all.

I have a 2002 Rover45 1.4. I've started noticing that I'm losing coolant. On several occasions I've had to top it up with about a pint of fluid, and after a drive of more than an hour or two it's gone down again.

With my old Rover214, it may have had some problems over the years, but not once did I ever have to top up the coolant.

I assume something must be wrong here. What could be causing this? Where should I start looking?

Thanks for any advice!


Edit: I should add that there is no obvious sign of any leaks, and everything drives perfectly. The only water that does appear on the ground I'm pretty certain is from the air conditioning which I believe is normal.
 

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I started this thread a year ago, and it's time to revisit it!

I've been having regular coolant loss over the last year and a half, but the problem seemed to be very intermittent. Sometimes it would go weeks without me having to top up the coolant, so I generally forgot about the problem. Then a month ago, the problem reappeared. I only had to go on a short journey, and would have to refill afterwards, again without any signs of leakage.

It happened this morning, and my mate jokingly said "check for Mayo". Sure enough, we opened the oil cap, and it's covered in yellow goo. Also the dipstick. So would this confirm that I do indeed have a head gasket failure?

What bothers me is this. Ok, I can get the head gasket replaced. But was this the problem in the first place, or was something else causing the coolant loss originally and subsequently caused the gasket to fail? Maybe I'll never know for sure until I get the work done.

Secondly I'm wondering about doing the work myself. How specialist is this job? I'm not an experienced DIY mechanic, but I do have time on my hands at the moment. Would I need any specialist tool beyond the usual range of sockets, spanners and torque wrenches?

Thanks for any advice here.
 

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Hello Kryt, thanks for your reply, today and last year!

I have a manual on CD which I got off the web - it seems to imply I may need some specialist tools for removing the camshaft gears - which obviously I don't have. This could be a problem for me...
 
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