Fiat Panda - Coolant question

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dairygirl224
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Hi,

My coolant level is nearly on min, i havent had the car long, so have never had to top it up. It is a fiat panda 1.2 dynamic, 2004.

It currently has orangey/red coolant in the tank, and I wanted to know if i can use a different sort to fill it up? It is pink from halfords, ready mixed antifreeze and summer coolant.

Do i have to drain the old stuff away, or should I just buy fiat recommneded paraflu, which is the stuff currently in the tank.

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Sweyn Forkbeard
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Do you think you're leaking coolant? If so it might be pointless topping it up at the moment, and you should try to locate the source of the leak.

If you are going to top it up, the halfords stuff should be fine. I've even used water before in emergencies... but I wouldn't recommend it.

EDIT: Actually, on second thought you're probably much better off using the stuff Fiat recommend. Unfortunately, different colour coolants can have incompatible additives.
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it shouldn't be doing that tbh. Check the oil for signs of HG failure, and your water pump and rad for leakage, but top it up for now yes.
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Check all the hose unions for flakey scum. You might have a loose Jubilee clip.
The water has to go somewhere. Although, the level will vary dependant on the temperature of the engine.
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Just to add to lodzinski's post about checking the oil:

If the oil has gone a greyish colour then that means you've got water leaking into the engine, which is a sign of head gasket failure. Have you noticed a lot of steam coming from the exhaust, or any strange engine noises?
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The engine in that car is a FIRE derivative, which occasionally pop a hole in the rad, but not usually at that age. As JC says, first port of call is the hoses. Having said that, the previous owner may have fecked the HG. hope not though.
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thank you all

this is worrying me quite a bit - i have no technical knowledge/expertise at all.

is there any chance it has just naturally depleted, ie there are no problems?

In answer to an earler question, the only noise i can think that is weird is i can hear liquid swooshing round the front passenger side of the car when i start it up on a morning.
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Yeah, it is possible that it is naturally depleted if the previous owner rarely, if ever, topped it up. What I think you should do is top it up and observe it closely over the next couple of weeks. If the level goes down again you've definitely got a leak somewhere. In that case you'd better take it to a garage or talk to someone you know who has technical knowledge. Finding a leak isn't easy because the water often evaporates from the site of the leak, and there are a lot of places the water could be escaping from!

If you feel confident enough, check for crusty deposits on the water hoses or rust on the engine. Rust means water - I found that out on my car when one of the engine core plugs rusted all the way through and dumped the coolant out onto the road. That wasn't particularly fun.
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(Original post by Sweyn Forkbeard)
Yeah, it is possible that it is naturally depleted if the previous owner rarely, if ever, topped it up. What I think you should do is top it up and observe it closely over the next couple of weeks. If the level goes down again you've definitely got a leak somewhere. In that case you'd better take it to a garage or talk to someone you know who has technical knowledge. Finding a leak isn't easy because the water often evaporates from the site of the leak, and there are a lot of places the water could be escaping from!

If you feel confident enough, check for crusty deposits on the water hoses or rust on the engine. Rust means water - I found that out on my car when one of the engine core plugs rusted all the way through and dumped the coolant out onto the road. That wasn't particularly fun.
Spot on there, top it up for now and then keep an eye on it.
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hi the noise from passenger side could be air in the heater system there is a bleed screw on the pipe running from rear of engine to bulk head when engine is running and hot with care open screw and let any air out if you have air lock it with push water out of expansion tank when under pressure hope you sort it
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(Original post by raysafloat)
hi the noise from passenger side could be air in the heater system there is a bleed screw on the pipe running from rear of engine to bulk head when engine is running and hot with care open screw and let any air out if you have air lock it with push water out of expansion tank when under pressure hope you sort it
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