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Old 08-06-17, 08:12 PM   #1
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Default 2007 1.4 207 head gasket ?

Hi all new here and I have no experience with cars what so ever ?

So 2 weeks ago I bought a Peugeot 207 , 1.4 with full service history on 66,000 miles for 600 .

Seemed to cheap at the time ( hindsight is a marvellous thing ) ...

I checked the cap on the engine and there was no mayo so thought this was a good thing ( only thing I knew to check for )

Upon getting home and looking through the folder I Noticed in with the documents was a new thermostat receipt for the day before I bought it.

It was fine for a week and the one day last week it flashed up stop and the temperature was at full . I immediately pulled over . After an hour I lifted the bonnet and checked the water/coolant bottle and it was empty . I thought maybe it hadn't been topped up so I refilled it and drove home . Checked the car again and the bottle was empty . I then thought maybe the head gasket may have gone ? Checked the cap again and there is a small amount of mayo .... checked the dip stick but there was no mayo on that .

I did notice however ( not when I bought it tho ? That the water/coolant tank is a brownish colour and is a little greasy inside ?

A mechanic was supposed to turn up yesterday to have a look but didn't show up .

I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas at what I'm looking at ?

Many thanks
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Doesn't sound too good but at least its only the 8 valve engine and therefore quite easy to do a head gasket (if you've not warped the head) for someone with reasonably good mech skills
Get a "sniff" test done at a garage asap but keep a very close eye on water level
Just looked at your picture again and written on the engine is C&? 61680 which I would suggest is when the cambelt was changed - look in the history and see if it had a water pump too

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Old 08-06-17, 09:39 PM   #4
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I haven't drove it since for fear of making what ever it is worse . Have looked in the service history . No mention of a water pump . Says cam belt and oil filter in 2013 . Last service was 08.12.2016

I don't know any friends who are mechanics and when I asked in a garage for a price they said it would cost 650 to repair head , change water pump and cam belt

I was hoping by some short miracle it isn't as bad as i think
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Mayo on the dipstick and filler cap are not ALWAYS indication of headgasket if you only do short journeys this can cause mayo too.

Loosing water is ALSO not always the head gasket it could be a pipe swelling under pressure it could be water pump it could be radiator leak do not assume the worst without proper diagnosis
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Don't pay too much attention to the colour of the tank - dirt can build up in the radiator and over time it can build up in the tank and stain it.

It needs a thorough, old fashioned inspection to find out what's happening
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Thanks all ... do garages usually charge for an inspection ? I haven't slept for the last week because of this . I obviously don't have much cash available after buying it
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Ask a few local taxi drivers where they get there cars fixed as they want things fixed cheap and fast
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Where abouts in the UK are you?
There could be one of us with more knowledge and able to help just around the corner.
The engine you have is the more simple engine, meaning it tends not to be as costly if it needs repairs or replacing.
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Get some anti freeze & mix it according to the instructions on the bottle.
Fill your radiator with anti freeze, & bleed the air out.
If you have an air lock in the coolant system it can blow the water out.
If it still drops so fast, start looking for white marks on the hoses & radiator.
The white mark will indicate a leak where the anti freeze is coming out.

The other way to bleed the coolant system is to fill the radiator & reservoir up, start the car & let it idle until the thermostat opens.
When the thermostat opens & you see the coolant level drop, keep topping it up & don't let it drop below the min level.
Once the coolant has stopped dropping all the air should be out.
Fill the reservoir up to max & put the cap back.
Let it idle for about another 15 minutes & see if you can find any leaks.
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