[Vwdiesel] Quantum questions?

Terry Briggs vbriggs at stny.rr.com
Sat Jul 5 21:54:59 PDT 2008

might be a water pump problem
On Jul 6, 2008, at 12:36 AM, William J Toensing wrote:

> I am still satisfied with my Quantum but there is one big issue I 
> suspected when I bought it. Loss of coolant & overheating. The left 
> side of the engine bay shows signs of overheating. The owner also left 
> two gallon jugs of water & while taking the car on a longer test run 
> it started to overheat, so I added water & the temperature came down. 
> However, today, I had to add more water & then pressure tested it up 
> to 17# & no water leaked out. When it starts up, there is no puff of 
> white smoke indicative of a head gasket leak & the engine runs fine, 
> nice & quiet. It handles nicely & I consider this car a keeper. I hear 
> some air leaking from what appears to be from my pressure tester. The 
> plastic container where water is added was replaced with another as 
> the old one was cracked & came with the car. The last owner said the 
> car "overheated once for his wife". I suspect he tried to correct the 
> coolant loss problem, couldn't find it, & gave up on the car. What is 
> the best way of determining whether the head gasket is allowing water 
> to be sucked into the engine? Could the water pump leak when it heats 
> up but not leak with a pressure test? There is no signs of oil leaking 
> into the cooling system. I had that problem with some other diesels I 
> have owned so know the sign.
> Next: The clear coat is pealing off the hood & roof. Some of it I can 
> chip away with my finger. The dark blue paint under it appears good. 
> Is there any way I can remove the clear coat & salvage the paint under 
> it?
> The car has some rear end collision damage which I think I can fix 
> myself. Will need a new left rear Quantum tail light. Haven't checked 
> the local Sacramento junk yards yet.Don't know how hard a replacement 
> will be to find. The prior owner stuck on a Toyota tail light lens, 
> just to make it legal. This type of fix is not the way I like to do 
> things. He did not fix the A/C & said he just drove it in the winter. 
> I think he was using this car as a "winter beater" & did not give it 
> the care it disserves.
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