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    Coolant loss issues.

    Good evening all. I wonder whether the collective knowledge of the forum can help me?

    Im new to Golf ownership and have recently bought a 1995 Golf Mk3 with a 1400cc AEX petrol engine. It is essentially a good car with clean bodywork, good mechanics and a solid engine but it has a few issues as anything with 220,000 kilometres on the clock would have.

    My main priority is coolant fluid loss with no apparant leaks accompanied with only occasional temperature gauge movement.

    I'm guessing the primary problem is a head gasket failure causing the fluid loss and probably a failed thermostat caused by constant topping up of water without the nesseccary additive inhibitor.

    The main symptoms are:
    1. Water loss obviously.
    2. A coolant system still under considerable pressure when cold
    3. The cooling water is a rusty red colour.
    4. Observing the water expansion tank with the cap off and the engine running shows bubbles occuring regularly.
    5. Only occasional water temperature gauge operation.
    6. Top and bottom radiator hoses are hot.

    I would appreciate the greater knowledge and any insites to these issues from those more experienced.

    Many thanks.
    1995 Golf 1.4, Petrol, AEX

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    Thanks for the feedback guys.
    1995 Golf 1.4, Petrol, AEX

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    That does have the symptoms of head gasket failure the block corrodes and undermines the head gasket. In the past we had to skim the top of the block.
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    Thanks Crasher. It was the head gasket. No damage to the head or block fortunately. I should have it all back together in a few days. Parts delivery is slow here.
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