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    Please help its all doing my head in! I seem to have a leak of clean water at the front of the car wheneva i leave it and go back to it, there is water on the floor just under left hand side of radiator. The water level needs topping up approx half pint a week due to the loss. And my mpg is also very poor at min. I suspected thermostat broke as car takes a while to warm up but when it does its sits at around 82, so now maybe its not broke. I was goin to put holts radwield in it but people have said this may block otha things up, so what should i do?? I carnt go to a garage as ive lost my job so money is real tight! Help appretiated. And can this be to do with bad mpg i used to get 110 mile for £20 now i only get 70 mile!

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    If your engine is the Z18XE then you can replace the thermostat for around £15 following this How2 http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=122762 (add another £15 if you need new antifreeze), or you could replace the whole housing £35 - £80.
    I've had a couple of coolant leaks on my 1.8, first was the radiator cost £140 fitted by local indi. then the expansion tank/bottle £18 from the dealers, easy diy job.
    A good way to find a leak that worked for me and many others;
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    best thing to do will be to wait until later when its a bit colder and run the car upto running temp open the bonnet and look for signs of steam escaping - will hopefully be fairly obvious as the exterior temp gets lower than the engine temp

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    Cheers chrisbilly

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