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    Hi guys,ive gotta vectra cdti 1.9 recently it has been loosing water no leaks i can see then the warning light comes on stating low coolant but when i loosen the expansion cap off then the water levels rise in the tank any ideas guys???

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    What level is it before starting engine? Do you have to actually top it up?

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    Sorry for the delay in replying its just below the cold water level but when i take off the cap it fills back up also the temp gauge rarely moves thanks in advance

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    Shouldn't move first think in morning before starting.

    Could be an air lock in the system somewhere.

    If you top it up to just above the cold marker take it for a drive, get it up to temp and then see if the level drops.

    As could be head gasket on way

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    I filled it about an inch above the cold water line ran it till the engine got warm then the level dropped to about the cold line but when i take the expansion cap off it goes back to above the level ?????

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    Is that you driving around? Or just leaving it idle?

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    First of all dont take the cap of when the engines hot there is a risk you ended up scalded by steam or boiling coolant.

    If the coolant level always returns to the same level when the engine is cold then i suggest the sensor for the coolant level needs replaced.

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    It does it both when the car is idling the level drops,turn the car off the level rises

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    Sorry forgot to say only rises when the cap is taken off

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    The water level will rise when you take the cap off as you are releasing the pressure in the system.

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