Thanks for the reply again.
(Original post by 1992LP)
I have never had a car burn off any coolant, and I check fairly regularly so nothing unusual there. Glad you are keeping an eye on the temperature gauge though, if it ever shoots up turn the car off ASAP.
A 9 year old car with 12.5k miles? When was it last serviced? Did it come with any service history?
Give it a proper, and I mean proper service if you can. Oil, filters, plugs, coolant, the works. If they have not been changed in a while then that is why you are down on power.
Took it for a full service when I had bought it. The owner was an older lady who didn't drive it much and kept it in a garage so the actual body work was great for starters, and smelled rather new.
I believe when it was serviced, it had a full oil change, had some new spark plugs, and a refill of coolant too, and passed the MOT straight away, even though it was sitting in our drive for over a year before I passed my test (I did use it for provisional occasionally but not often), which again worried me.
Opening the bonnet though, and looking at the coolant resoviour, it looks green, like algae. I thought it was dirty water, but I'm guessing its not at all water, and as you said is the coolant.
So the spark plugs, etc are only 6 months out. Something has happened with the gears though. First is slightly harder to get into than it used to be, and like I said, the spring has gone underneath which is actually pretty common with the Micra.
May have to have the suspension checked over too.
It came with a full service history yeah. She had looked after it well. I just fear I'm not looking after it, as well
Certainly going to book a service soon and give it a full once over again.
I would actually really like to learn stuff like this though. I love that show Wheeler Dealers for example, and anything technical in that respect.
Last edited by Kage; 19-04-2012 at 19:48.
The car shouldn't use any coolant up, if it need topping up regularly it's probably leaking so it need checking.
As for oil car's don't usually burn oil until they have done significant distances.
Because your car has done a low mileage but is old, it may have corrosion or rusting on certain parts of it.
For example my car is 11 years old but it's only done 40k miles. So it still has most of it's original parts. The exhaust has rusted though, I've just had to change a failed water pump and the suspension wishbones are starting to deteriorate (but thats a common problem on my car)
And if it was owned by an old lady it's probably only been used for little runs to shops.
So what you can do is give it an "Italian tune up" which basically means let it warm up and rag the tits off the engine for a few minutes. It's supposed to burn off carbon deposits left there from only running the car whilst its cold.
Last edited by Arron17; 20-04-2012 at 00:29.
Haha, well I wouldn't do that!!!
Just gave it a bit of a run tonight, and it seems to be running okay, apart from the fact the boot isn't closing on the catch properly due to the damage my mum caused but its not open enough for it to fling open. Those are the only bangs I can hear, as when she knocked the back bumper and cracked it, its also deformed the main bumper too where the boot fits around.
Been meaning to get that fixed too...
I do hate it though when you have a nice stretch of open free roads, and you suddenly start hitting speed bumps I managed to check all the gears though for signs of wear, and apart from the clunking due to the metallic spring underneath, nothing.
Last edited by Kage; 20-04-2012 at 23:09.
Thanks Dan, it does occasionally get a good run, giving it all its got lol.
Close call today though.
I was pulling out of my drive and I was checking the road on all 3 ways and kept looking as I reversed out. I then hit a small blind spot on one side but it was clear 2 seconds ago so I carried on. Seconds later 'BEEEEEP. BEEEEEEEEEEEEP. BEEEEEEEEP'. A car managed to speed down my road and had to stop. I couldn't have really done anymore than I did. Just seems it was flying through.
Last edited by Kage; 22-04-2012 at 19:10.