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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:21 
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I think I'll leave it as it is, and spend the money on luxury boxed wines instead.

It goes fast enough anyway, and it's not like I haven't just had a really fast car, so it seems silly to spend £400 making my new car go not as fast as the one I've just had.

My goal to master Android Auto to make my car like the Starship Enterprise, and I its Captain Kirk.

CAR, ENGAGE.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:46 
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Oh yeah I meant Picard. Who is of course the best Captain of the Enterprise.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Crikey, Facebook's algorithms are on the ball.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:35 
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Crikey, Facebook's algorithms are on the ball.

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That's just basic remarketing.

You go to a webpage, that webpage has Facebook "like" buttons on, or something, Facebook can see that you've been to that website and know what that website is about, hence you start seeing adverts about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 13:30 
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Hearthly wrote:
Crikey, Facebook's algorithms are on the ball.

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That's just basic remarketing.

You go to a webpage, that webpage has Facebook "like" buttons on, or something, Facebook can see that you've been to that website and know what that website is about, hence you start seeing adverts about it.


Although I suspect this is more similar to Amazon's "you've bought X, would you like y and z to go with it." Only in hearthly's case it's: "we see you just purchased a car. Would you be interested in purchasing a car to go with it?"


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 22:44 
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Really liking the Seat, it's obviously a 'cut-price' Audi/VW in some regards (i.e. comparing things from the Golf R estate to this car, but then again the Seat is a nearly-new car for £19K and the VW was a two year old car at £23K), for example lower quality interior materials in some areas and suchlike, but beyond that it's effectively the same car. (Well apart from the engine of course, but moving from a 300bhp car to another 300bhp car seemed rather silly hence the power downgrade.)

Star of the show for me is definitely Android Auto which is totally fab so hopefully Google aren't going to 'Do a Windows Phone' on it and kill it off. It's properly integrated into the car so the only two physical buttons next to the screen are for 'Phone OS' and 'Car OS', it switches between the two seamlessly and if I move back to the car OS from Android Auto to dick about with a car setting of some sort, Android Auto still carries on playing Spotify, for example. (They basically multi-task independently of each other and you can switch between the 'Windows' to give it a familiar descriptor.) I assume there's a standard that 'Android Auto' branded cars have to meet, so they use the mic in the car, pipe the audio output to the speakers, and so on.

It's looking like it'll settle down to 50MPG+, it's a comfortable and pleasant car to drive, has a reasonable turn of speed for overtaking when required (lest we forget the previous Civic Type-R had 200bhp, this car has 184bhp, and far more torque), and is generally a nice place to be.

The folks at work are already placing bets on how long it'll last, measured in months, no one's going for years.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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So here's a thing, the coolant expansion tank doesn't have a cap on it. I popped the bonnet for the first time today and immediately saw that where it should have a sealed screw-in cap, there is nothing at all.

Two questions:

1) How come the coolant hasn't overflowed and pissed out all over the engine bay? I thought coolant systems were pressurised, and it obviously can't be a pressurised system in its current state.

2) The car appears to be running fine, isn't overheating etc, how is that the case? Will the coolant even be circulating properly when it's like this?

I popped the bonnet at the end of a drive with the engine running, so the engine was up to running temperature, and it wasn't bubbling up or anything.

I've rung the dealer who was quite bewildered by it and says if I swing by tomorrow he'll replace the cap.

The picture was taken after I'd stopped the engine, but it looked just the same when the engine was running.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 16:27 
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New car time! This one is sullied already.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 16:30 
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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 16:49 
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According to INTERNET RESEARCH I can't get a clear answer to this.

Some folks are saying that the expansion tank isn't pressurised and it's the radiator side of things that operates under pressure, that the expansion tank is more of an overflow and under normal conditions the cap is just there to keep debris out more than anything else. I've seen several comments along the line of 'Don't worry about it, just use something as a makeshift cap, replace it with a proper one when you can, but carry on driving normally for now and don't stress'.

Others are saying ZOMG STOP NOW ALL THE COOLANT WILL ESCAPE AND YOUR CAR WILL EXPLODE.

I assume the cap has been missing for a while, and the coolant level is still comfortably between the MIN/MAX markers, and there's no visible sign of coolant having escaped, plus when I had the bonnet open before with the engine running it wasn't bubbling up or anything - so I'm leaning towards the first school of thought.

Still a bit narked though, the dealer said they check all the fluid levels in cars before handing them over to a customer and I was just like, 'Well either the levels in this car didn't get checked, or they were checked by someone who doesn't understand that expansion tanks should have caps on them'.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 16:53 
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Sell the car... it has been a week

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 16:53 
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Or they were checked by someone who then either left the cap off entirely or didn't refit it properly and it came off.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 16:54 
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you could talk to the dealer.. I know it is a wild thought.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 17:03 
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Or they were checked by someone who then either left the cap off entirely or didn't refit it properly and it came off.


You don't need to take the cap off to check the level, you can see it very clearly through the translucent sides of the tank. It's possible they added some coolant and then forgot to put the cap back on. (Which would be bad as the only real way a coolant system can lose coolant is if there's a leak in it, so I really wouldn't expecting them to have to add any.)

Also, if you look at the picture you can see that the screw for the cap goes down a good couple of centimetres, there's no way that's just 'coming off' by itself.

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you could talk to the dealer.. I know it is a wild thought.


I already have done, as indicated in my previous two posts.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 17:07 
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Just sounds like the have topped it up, and forgot to put the cap on. Nothing wrong with that.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 17:17 
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KovacsC wrote:
Just sounds like the have topped it up, and forgot to put the cap on. Nothing wrong with that.


Yes there is, modern cars shouldn't lose coolant, especially a four month old car that's done 2500 miles. If it needed topping up, then the cooling system has a leak in it. (I've looked in the manual for my car, and it actually says something like 'If you need to top up your coolant then there is almost certainly a leak in the system, take the car to an approved Seat dealer for them to check the system'.)

Anyway, after more INTERNETTING I have found a decent article that says this:

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A hose or pair of hoses connect the coolant recovery tank to the radiator and allow coolant to circulate back and forth between the radiator and tank as the coolant temperature and pressure changes.

On most newer vehicles, the coolant recovery tank is not pressurized.

But on many older applications (1990s), it may be pressurized. You can tell if the reservoir is pressurized or not by the type of cap on the tank. If it has a plastic screw-on cap, the recovery tank is not pressurized. If it has a metal spring latch style cap (like a conventional radiator cap), the tank is pressurized.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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The car is clearly faulty. You need to take it back and get a new one.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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SEAT must have never fitted it then, only obvious answer. If the dealer did not pop the cap off to top it up....

I am trying to keep a straight face... :)

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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They were probably checking the anti freeze concentration, not topping it up and forgot to put the cap on.

I know, hardly any drahmha with that answer.

Have you checked if the sump plug is loose? Maybe you should. It might be loose. Could just be hanging on, waiting to drop out at 80mph and cause catastrophic engine failure. Not saying it is loose, just that it might be loose. They forgot the coolant cap, maybe they forgot the sump plug. Go and check it now, just to be safe.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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SEAT must have never fitted it then, only obvious answer. If the dealer did not pop the cap off to top it up....

I am trying to keep a straight face... :)


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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They were probably checking the anti freeze concentration, not topping it up and forgot to put the cap on.

I know, hardly any drahmha with that answer.

Have you checked if the sump plug is loose? Maybe you should. It might be loose. Could just be hanging on, waiting to drop out at 80mph and cause catastrophic engine failure. Not saying it is loose, just that it might be loose. They forgot the coolant cap, maybe they forgot the sump plug. Go and check it now, just to be safe.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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It's sump plug might also be loose.

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When our Ford Firsta overheated it was because the pope for the coolant tank popped off. We bought more coolant and he topped up the tank and then ran the engine with the heating on inside full blast and revving was engine loads to make it boil up.

He left the cap off the whole time and it was boiling away merrily and bubbling but none ever spilled out.

So I guess you’re ok as long as you don’t bounce around or drive at a 45 degree angle or something.

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When our Ford Firsta overheated it was because the pope for the coolant tank popped off.


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When our Ford Firsta overheated it was because the pope for the coolant tank popped off.


I'd get that Catholic Converter seen to.

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When our Ford Firsta overheated it was because the pope for the coolant tank popped off.


I'd get that Catholic Converter seen to.


We could tell there was something happening due to the colour of the smoke that started appearing, in pontiff fact.

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When our Ford Firsta overheated it was because the pope for the coolant tank popped off.


I'd get that Catholic Converter seen to.

And when you do, see if they'll give you a better price if you pay with Papal.

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Mr Russell wrote:
When our Ford Firsta overheated it was because the pope for the coolant tank popped off.


I'd get that Catholic Converter seen to.

And when you do, see if they'll give you a better price if you pay with Papal.



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