Coolant Leakage Solved- BUT . . .

Tony Hoffman auditony at
Tue Aug 2 20:23:06 EDT 2005

So, has it acted fine since the initial 20 or so minutes after fixing
the cooling system problems? This almost sounds like you had air in
the system, and after it finally worked itself out, the temps were
alright. The engine will adjust itself based on info from the sensors.
Yours does seem pretty extreme, though. I've never heard of it running
no boost, usually just low boost (from sell fuel and retarded timing).
My other question is this, was any coolant/water sprayed on anything
else that might have been evaporated after running it on the highway?
Specifically, the distributor/wires or a sensor?

Tony Hoffman

On 8/2/05, Kerry Griffith <i2k at> wrote:
> I believe I reported that the second new coolant reservoir cap solved
> the first leak. When we last left our hero, the second lead appeared to
> be from the radiator or hose. According to my mechanic, the reservoir
> tank had a leak that sprayed coolant onto the radiator area. New tank
> resulted in no more coolant leaks.
> BUT . . .
> Still no explanation for the following: After the car idled in 101F
> with A/C on for 10 minutes, it ran very poorly- the instant the turbo
> began to  make boost it would hesitate briefly until there was no
> positive manifold pressure, then run normally until the next
> application of anything but the most delicate throttle. After 10-15
> nervous minutes on the highway at warmer than usual but not overheated
> temps (no extreme gauge readings nor warning lights) the coolant and
> oil temps dropped a bit and the car ran fine for the remaining 20
> minutes home. After letting it cool for several hours it ran fine.
> My mechanic has no clue- says he's never encountered this before. This
> happened when my coolant leak was operational, but since the car cooled
> sufficiently so as to be within normal temps after 10-15 minutes on the
> highway, I assume it is a different and as yet undiagnosed problem.
> Since my mechanic is as clueless as I on this one, I once again seek
> group wisdom.
> BTW, I've driven the car about 100 miles in 80-90F and behavior is
> normal but for the need to apply throttle at start up (20% of the time
> only) and never more than 1.6-1.7 bar indicated for the last 6-12
> months instead of the 1.8 we enjoyed for years.
> Another (yet another!?) tiny vacuum leak?
> Help! I don't want to be Turning Japanese!
> Kerry
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