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    Just had thermostat replaced collected car today.
    Driving in traffic temperature guage goes to 85-90 i go onto motorway and its drops to about 70-80 normal?
    Before i got thermostat done the temperature would drop right down so it definatley needed fixed.
    BAck in traffic for 15 mins i seen steam comming from under bonnet,opened it up and the coolant was bubbling from the expansion tank,coolant low level light came on dashboard.
    Left the car sitting and checked it after 15 mins and the coolant level was low.
    This car is doing my head in
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    who ever rplaced it might not hav bleed it!!!!

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    This happened also with the faulty thermostat a few times also, i thought replacing the thermostat would have solved it.
    Sorry as i am clueless aboit cars

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    Guys has my head gasket blown if the coolnat is bubling in the tank???
    If so how much for a head gasket job?
    IS it worth getting done?
    What are the odds of it failing again i ask as i got one done before on a megane and it was a waste of money blew again less than 1 week.

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    If the head is fine, the gasket shouldn't blow again any time soon

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    check the expansion tank and the top for minor cracks, i had a simlar issue on my omega and a new tank and top was the fix for this

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    check the cap is on correct, and tight, sounds silly, but they arent the best manufactured parts in the world, the tanks are notorious for leaks and splitting, and the threads do have a little play in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditchp View Post
    check the expansion tank and the top for minor cracks, i had a simlar issue on my omega and a new tank and top was the fix for this

    hth
    They do seem to be prone to splitting, you may have to remove it and give it a good clean to find the split. If it is split don't worry they are only around £20 from the dealers for a new one.
    Only way to test properly for a blown head is to have a sniff test done on the expansion tank. Im assuming you've checked for water in the oil, oil in the water?
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    Yes mate checked the oil seems ok not milky its clean oil just had it serviced.
    Thanks i will chcek out a new tank seems best to start with the cheapest option.
    I have to get it to vauxhall as i still have a problem with my immobliser the light comes on and the car wont start , when iturn the key from position 1 to position 2 i get a the car and pad lock symbol,also i hear a clicking noise comming from part of the engine that looks like where there is a big scart lead pluged into some unit.'
    Im hopping that reprogramming the key or a new transponder will fix this.

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    As Dasarab said,oil and water won't neccesarily show up a head gasket, a sniff test on the header tank will. Fingers crossed it's something simple.

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