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  1. wayne
    April 22, 2013

    Hi I have a 2003 mg zt 1.8 turbo with 102000 miles on. 2 years ago it had the triple layer head gasket upgrade so I’m a little stumped by my latest fault? When the car has been stood and gone cold and I start it up I get quite a lot of white smoke which stops once it has started to build up temp. Any help with this would be taken onboard with many thanks Wayne

    • admin
      April 25, 2013

      Hi Wayne,

      Apologies for the delay in responding.

      This sounds very much like an issue with your cylinder liners. If your MG overheated previously it could be that they were compromised then and are only now showing the signs.

      All the best,
      Sue
      0780 9575 421

  2. peter thomas
    September 26, 2015

    have a 2002 1.8 freelander , straight through mot the other day coming back started to get hot lot of pressure in the hoses and header tank, it has a new tank and replacement thermostat on the front of engine , no smoke or water leek apart from boiling up in tank, fine on tick over just when going up hill gets hot could this still be head gasket or something else

    • admin
      October 14, 2015

      Hi Peter,

      Apologies for the delay in responding, somehow your comment slipped through the net.

      This does sound like a head gasket issue with exhaust gases going into the cooling system unfortunately.

      All the best,
      Sue
      +44-780-9575-421

  3. Scott Rigby
    October 13, 2015

    Hi I have rover 75 2.5lt v6 24v and the temperature gauge keeps going up and down I have noticed a drip of water under drives seat but theres no white scum. Under oil cap nor can I see any water in the header tank is the rover dead?

    • admin
      October 14, 2015

      Hi Scott,

      Is the drip by the driver’s seat happening inside the car? If so then you should check if the heater matrix is leaking.

      If there is no coolant in the header tank then fill it up to the maximum and keep a close eye on it.

      Have you checked for signs of a leak in the V of the engine? If it is leaking there then it will be the thermostat housing, which is a fairly common issue as they are plastic housings positioned in the hottest part of the engine. We do have a modification for this in terms of a metal thermostat housing and pipes – not cheap but a much better solution.

      All the best,
      Sue
      +44-780-9575-421

  4. Laeeq
    October 17, 2015

    Hi.
    i have been following the thread with regards to the rover 75 2.5l v6. Iv got a leaking thermostat housing i do not want to replace it with another plastic unit.

    I saw somebody mentioned a better unit thats available how would i be able to get my hands on a unit and what is the pricing.

    Im in south africa cape town.

    If anyone has any information please contact me. Laeeqolivergti@gmail.com

    Im not sure if this is a local forum.

    • admin
      October 20, 2015

      Hi Laeeq,

      We can supply you with the metal thermostat kit which includes the metal thermostat housing and the associated pipes. We are based in the UK. The kit is £245.83 and shipping to South Africa is £45 by courier.

      All the best,
      Sue
      +44-780-9575-421

  5. Chris wyles
    May 29, 2016

    Hi guys, fairly new to owning a car so bear with me. Recently I bought a 2003 mg ZT+, when I did my checks the coolant seemed empty and the oil too so I topped them both up. Got the car insured this Friday just gone so naturally I was driving all day to get used to it. Later I noticed the fan was coming on a lot and when I popped the bonnet to get a bit of air to it I noticed a little smoke, nothing major. On the way home the engine overheated and the temp gauge was at maximum. When I checked the coolant the bottle was empty. Waited till next morning and topped up the coolant again, but when I looked under the car it looked like coolant was leaking fromwhat looks like the sump. I’ve checked the oil and all seems fine, no build up no residue. Had it to 2 garages and I’ve been told it’s head gasket failure by one and heater matrix by another. The footwells not wet though. I’m thinking airlock but not sure, please help!!!

    • admin
      May 31, 2016

      Hi Chris,

      If the leak is external, i.e. you can see that coolant is coming out then it is most likely a leak from the water pump or the thermostat housing. It is possible for the head gasket to leak externally but it is more common for it to cross contaminate into the oil. Sine you can see coolant leaking check the water pump and thermostat, if you have red coolant in the system (which is the coolant you should use) then you should be able to see the pink residue around where it leaks. If you are having difficulty then it could be worth doing a pressure test on the cooling system.

      All the best,
      Sue
      +44-780-9575-421

  6. Mr Q.
    August 8, 2016

    Colleagues,

    I have numerous leaking & overheating problems with my Freelander K – Series, 16 V , Petrol. The best medicine , that I believe will save me time, money and ‘ stress’ , is to’ down the engine ‘ , then just re- build the engine.

    Yes ! Sounds strange to some, but once these engines go around 100 000 miles, leaks,overheating head gasket issues/ problems are inevitable.
    I am re- building mine & have bought the re- built kit components … almost all in place save for the Head Bolt set and Cam belt tensioner. This will enable me to inspect all the internal components & replace them if need be.

    Hope to share the results after engine re- built. Thanks for sharing the possible causes of water loss.

    I love my Freelander ! It shall be well !

    4×4 by FAR ! :)

    • admin
      August 10, 2016

      Hi Mr Q.

      We look forward to hearing how you get on with your engine rebuild. The Freelanders are certainly great vehicles.

      All the best,
      Sue
      +44-780-9575-421

  7. Mr Q.
    August 8, 2016
  8. T martin
    November 3, 2016

    I seem to have a lot of coolant being omitted from the exhaust. I ve changed the inlet manifold gasket. It s had new top and bottom hoses and a brand new radiator because the old ones were shot. The oil and water have not mixed together and it doesn’t t overheat
    Would the excess coolant from exhaust be the headgasket on it s way out? Thanks

    • admin
      January 16, 2017

      Hello T.Martin,

      It sounds like your cylinder liners may have dropped or cracked if it is the 1.8 K-series engine.

      All the best,
      Sue

  9. Johan
    January 14, 2017

    Hi i hv a rover 75 V6 . Did change the thermostat housing as it was leaking. Now when i fill the radiator and drive with the car it looks like the cooling system build up pressure even when the car is cold in the morning and i open the cap the water push out of the radiator can anyone tell me what can be wrong

    • admin
      January 16, 2017

      Hi Johan,

      Did you bleed the cooling system when you changed the thermostat? Is the bottom radiator hose getting hot when the car is up to normal operating temperature? Are the fans coming on when they should?

      All the best,
      Sue
      +44-780-9575-421

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