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So call me a nervous nelly, but in the past month i've done more maintenance then my entire ownership of the CTT.
The latest is the stupid Coolant Tees. I got it out and have my aluminum Tees on order. But what else should i do while i'm at it, if anything?
Expansion Tank? Original tank, 130k on it
Expansion Cap? Replaced at 125k
Coolant Pipes? Replaced with aluminum ones at ~80k
Water Pump? Replaced at ~67k. How long do these normally last?
THermostat? Never Replaced, 130k on it
Coolant Tees? Replacing now with aluminum ones.
Anything i missed? It only takes me maybe an hour to pull the manifold these days. It's just annoying. I hate to just throw parts at my car, but i really don't feel like doing a water pump next week or something.
Any experience or feedback would be appreciated.
I know this is a topic often reviewed here on the forum but I was looking for a little more help prior to just letting my local mechanic ream me for a few thousand dollars. Use the forum often, rarely (if ever) post, but have been far more active on equivalent sites for cars I've owned in past (Audi/BMW/etc)...
Have an 04 Cay S, 87k miles, owner for past 16 months, probably drive 1200-1500mi/month. About 2 months ago, in traffic temp gauge went above 220 - i know it is very common for it to fluctuate in that 180-220 range but this was first ever time it went beyond. Was home about 1 mile later with no real issue. The next morning I got the "check coolant level" message, figured I could get to my mechanic 20 miles away and about 17 miles of the way there, got stuck in a little morning traffic and it quickly overheated, I sort of saw it coming so immediately pulled over and turned it off and waited for AAA.
Shop replaced the water pump, coolant pipes (from the old plastic ones), flushed the coolant, etc. and for about 6 weeks all ran smooth, and even with being in some traffic never got past 180-190 temp wise. Over past 7 days its quickly become worse and is willing to fluctuate above 180 pretty quickly and certainly smells like coolant once parked.
I have added to prior threads -
1) http://www.renntech.org/forums/topic/42289-coolant-smell-always-evrything-replaced/ - in posting #7, does anyone know what the part is in the bottom right of the diagram? almost looks like a filter? that is leaking - what part is that and is it a major reason for conern?
2) http://www.renntech.org/forums/topic/42643-ac-dryer-2004-cs/ - does this user's issue correlate to me at all?
Thanks for your help!