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    Hi all
    Just need a bit of advice, just bought an 04 3.2 V6 Elite, the problem, was having a look around the engine today and horror of horror , i took the oil filler cap off and there was a bit of mayo around. The water is clean, the oil looks ok, ie no water droplets on the dipstick, my concern is has one of the head gaskets gone?, the bloddy thing has only done 38k.

    The service book is all stamped up (looks genuine), as you can imagine im a bit p***ed.

    On the way home from work i was watching the temp gauge, i got stuck in traffic and it went up to halfway, didnt get past that then went down.

    am i being paranoid

    any help apprechiated

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    Have read about mayo bit before,its to do with the filler pipe,its colder than the engine and causes condensation,i think others have removed it and it stop the mayo.........

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    its just condensation mate!!! mine does it if i dont give it a good run out and just potter about in it nothing to worry about

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    dam you glen you beat me to it

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectragsi3.2 View Post
    dam you glen you beat me to it
    : Sorry m8,we all get beaten at times.....

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    Kev - the 4" oil filler pipe can be removed, just by twisting it as you would the oil filler cap. Then replace the cap directly on to the hole the filler pipe was in.

    How many miles ago was the last service? Me personally, I always change the oil when I get a "new" motor. That way at least you know what's in there and you have a reference point from which to work from.

    If you go down this route and don't want to use a dealer or DIY, give me a shout and I'll see if I can help out.

    Regarding the temp gauge movement, what temps did it go up to and then back down to?

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    Glenboy and Vectragsi3.2, i thank you , i have been feeling so stupid, normaly before i bought a car i would look in every hole and orific, but for some reason as it was a bit of a flashy dealer i didnt bother, i do have a warranty but still. thye car is mint and goes like a rocket, nothing fits with anything wrong, another reason i felt a bit relaxed when i bought it, again, cheers guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtr1000 View Post
    Kev - the 4" oil filler pipe can be removed, just by twisting it as you would the oil filler cap. Then replace the cap directly on to the hole the filler pipe was in.

    How many miles ago was the last service? Me personally, I always change the oil when I get a "new" motor. That way at least you know what's in there and you have a reference point from which to work from.

    If you go down this route and don't want to use a dealer or DIY, give me a shout and I'll see if I can help out.

    Regarding the temp gauge movement, what temps did it go up to and then back down to?


    Thanks for advice, last service was @35k in march, now on just below 38k, again normaly i would get oil changed, i think i will, got reliable garage up the road from me so will use them, thanks for offer m8.

    Temp, went to 80 then in trafic went up another 2 notches (notch before 90), might take a bit more notice of it tomorrow, will advise better tomorrow, my vectra b did the same, ie went up and down. thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinG View Post
    Thanks for advice, last service was @35k in march, now on just below 38k, again normaly i would get oil changed, i think i will, got reliable garage up the road from me so will use them, thanks for offer m8.

    Temp, went to 80 then in trafic went up another 2 notches (notch before 90), might take a bit more notice of it tomorrow, will advise better tomorrow, my vectra b did the same, ie went up and down. thanks again
    On "normal" days and mixed driving, mine hovers between 85 and 88ish. On cold days, knock about 2 or 3 degrees off the above figures. I'd say yours is fine . Mine also warms up very quickly from cold, not on the temp gauge (as it only starts at 80), but get warm air in the car after about a mile of driving. The heated seats help as well.

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    Yes mate as above , just remove the oil cap and then twist the filler neck and pull upwards . Job done.
    My elite was excactly the same.

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