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Starting difficulties are usualy linked with IMG when starting from cold since water comes imto st or 4th cylinder. Not sure how I could tie starting difficulties when engine is hot to HGF. Maybe something else was changed as well which was the culprit to problems with starting when hot.
I would rather look into system installed for E85 and potential for fuel to evaporate when engine components are hot.
TBH the uneasy starting from cold began with the E85 kit fitting in 2017, rather easy in the high season and uneasy in the low one. It's a very well known problem with ethanol. It looks weird that the engineer that designed my premium & best seller E85 kit didn't thought about the approx. more ou less 25% more petrol needed when firing up from cold.
But the difficulties when starting from hot were very recent and happened simultaneously with the coolant loss increase (HGF).
When my mechanic did the job he has just taken off the Biomotors kit - which is plugged just before the injectors - and he refitted it back afterwards, no setting being changed in the meantime. I can't see how the kit may be involved.
Moreover the starting from hot is now perfect as it was in the beginning and as it should be, and even the starting from cold looks now improved. Hard to think about anything else than something in the cylinder head (gasket?) or very close to it.
Let's see in the weeks to come...
 

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Third start on Thursday: exactly like the first ones, at the first key turn, and in the morning with 10°C outside.
No longer any problem as well with hot fire ups.
Still puzzled by the late problem which looks fully solved now by the cylinder head rebuilding.
 

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Once more I can confirm that my K engine 'rebuilt' is doing good and firing up nicely every time at the first attempt - cold or hot - with no longer any coolant loss or oil level increase. Despite the lockdown it is used approx twice a week.

With such an engine and so long head bolts that even my skilled mechanic was gobsmacked (not being at all a Rover specialist) I assume an engine (re)built should be made very carefully with the best components by a pro knowing all the ropes otherwise the dreaded HGF will appear sooner or later...

I guess that with a K engine (the astute design being a bit special) solid skills are highly required from any mechanic and that failures might have happened because the job had not been done properly following every rules, taking enough time and/or using the best items. Last guess: or the car was fully neglected by its owner & never ever checked. Am I wrong?
 

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On that rainy & chilly day, what's better than a good wash with G3 Farecla shampoo?

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Another shot lot after a good elbow grease job with Meguiar's polish on the whole body, Diversey's liquid on glasses (my youngest son was part of their project when a trainee in Netherlands) & Turtle Wax black in a flash on every rubber rod.

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Too shiny? Too many chrome sticks @YasmineGotham? Do I have bad taste? Maybe... :LOL:
It may be offbeat humour and self mockery as well...;):cool:
 

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Very smart and shiney. (y)
What alloys are those?
Thank you. :)
Crown alloys I think, genuine Rover. Similar design than in the 75 but fit for the 25.
I've tried to upgrade that very few mileage but low spec 25. In the first place she had steel wheels and hubcaps.
 

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Very smart and shiney. (y)
What alloys are those?
Thank you. :)
Crown alloys I think, genuine Rover. Similar design than in the 75 but fit for the 25.
I've tried to upgrade that very few mileage but low spec 25. In the first place she had steel wheels and hubcaps.
You have Crown alloys on your Rover 75, but the ones ony your Rover 25 are called Honeycomb. You can check here: General - MG Rover Alloys Guide
 

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You have Crown alloys on your Rover 75, but the ones ony your Rover 25 are called Honeycomb. You can check here: General - MG Rover Alloys Guide
Always well aware of all that regarding Rover, thank you buddie! (y)
Frankly I didn't remind the name even Crown & Honeycomb look very similar.
But you're right: we should be ever precise & accurate... ;)
 
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