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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 18th October 2017, 11:05 Thread Starter
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Well, after 15 months of antara ownership I've suffered my first breakdown,...... A split top radiator hose.
That's not bad is it?. This car has exceeded my expectations for its age and cost.
Just wanted to share good news rather than an other major mechanical issue. Fingers crossed for more trouble free motoring
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 18th October 2017, 12:02
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What year of Antara do you have and what kind of mileage?

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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 18th October 2017, 13:32 Thread Starter
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Hi Victor. Is 09 with 125k on the clock it was 108k when I bought it
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 18th October 2017, 14:26
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I guess and easy and cheap fix, but inconvenient.
It could happen to any car, to anyone at anytime.

My wife says that I never listen or something like that !
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Hi Victor. Is 09 with 125k on the clock it was 108k when I bought it
OK it's the 2 litre you have. There's been a couple of threads I've seen where owners of the later 2.2 models have had their radiators blow out at the bottom (both on the Antara and the Captiva boards). Might be worth your while to have a look at the bottom of your rad just to make sure.

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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 18th October 2017, 18:44
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A good opportunity to drain the system right out, flush it and renew the anti-freeze with some quality stuff if it has only been topped-up over the years. The ready to use a/f seems a rip-off: buy the concentrate and mix it yourself with some decent water.

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Ah but here's the thing Dulac, what is decent water? I've heard that de-ionised water is not suitable because it's "hungry" for metal bits and starts to react with the metals in the engine and can produce quite aggressive corrosion to cylinder block and head etc. It's a bit too technical for me to explain but they talk of little else in the pub I go to.

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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 18th October 2017, 19:08
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There is a water free coolant,but very expensive and you can only top up with the special fluid. I think its mainly classics that use it,like stags etc. that have overheating issues. Think its about £80-£90
All the water has to be completely removed prior to fit.

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Victor, this part of Kent was famous for its multitude of cement factories and I live on the rim of an old chalk quarry. The tap water is harder than the cup I drink it from (and doesn't go well with Highland Park by the way). For me, decent water for a car is either out of the top of a full rainwater butt, or out of the reservoir of a portable dehumidifier. But I bet my service people use tap water! When you think about cylinder heads, engine blocks, head gaskets, radiator cores and hoses there is a right old mix to contend with. Hence the stuff chrisg mentioned I guess. If I ever find your pub please make sure I am barred as soon as I set foot in the door!

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Victor - on reflection they wouldn't let me in because I put water in Highland Park.

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