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  1. Hi guys, I picked up a Mk2 breadvan the other day. From what i gather from the guy I bought it off it'd been off the road for a little bit. I looked underneath today and there was a little puddle and from what I can see and have researched it is the O-ring on the thermostat housing that is coming from the engine. I've found two different size O-rings on parts websites but neither say which size fits the one I want. One has an inner diameter of 43mm and a thickness of 3mm, the other is an inner diameter of 50mm and a thickness of 4mm. I'd rather not take her ap
  2. I have a 2001 Polo GTI 6n2 with an issue with the cooling system, namely the car takes ages to get up to temperature, both the top and lower hoses from the radiator are at the same temperature, so I assume that the coolant is constantly flowing through the radiator and therefore only ever gets up to temperature when in traffic, at which point the temperature gauge rises and the fan will come on as expected The car has had a new thermostat however from reading online it seems that the issue is with the thermostat housing, does this sound correct? I can get a new thermos
  3. I'm currently running my engine without a thermostat. This doesn't seem to bother the car in any way but I was just wondering if there's anything I should know. Basically the car seemed to randomly get hot a few times for no reason and I suspected a sticking thermostat. The fan works fine and comes on when it should. It's a 1.0 engine with around 50000 miles and most of it looks like it's hardly ever been changed or tampered with so I took the thermostat out and replaced the small amount of lost coolant with a substance called "water" that seems to do the trick, and I have been run
  4. Just made an account to ask this question as I thought it’d be the best place to ask! Possibly a slightly daft question... For any experts on the older engines. I have an 86 1.3 mh block golf (not a polo I know but I’ve been told this is the best spot for 1.3 info) chased down overheating issues to leaking and warped thermostat housing/ cover/ elbow thing. Installed a new housing elbow which is quickly warping again and going back to the shape of the one that wouldn’t seal right. just to make sure I’ve got the right gear for the job which thermostat and se
  5. Hey polo people. Hope you're all very well indeed. 1983, 1043cc breadvan. Just spent a weekend in Cornwall after having my cooling system fixed up. I had no issues while down there but i did on the journey back. I let some pressure out of the radiator, had the heaters going full blast, even took the splitter section off the air cleaner. Still seemed to run very hot. I did pull in at one point on the A38, when i opened the bonnet, expected the fan to be going but it wasn't. It did kick in for about 5 seconds but that was it. I'm looking for some advice on the thermostat. Someone has sugge
  6. So after finally sourcing a bottom hose and fitting it I started getting a leak from my brand new thermostat housing. Between the thermostat housing and the cover. Upon trying to get it up to the torque in the Haynes (which I thought was the problem because I'd struggled to fit my wrench down there) it wasn't tightening just spinning. This is never good news. I had to saw the bolts off, not happy given the main housing was new. Anyway I've ordered a new housing and top cover (I used an old top cover before) but I'm worried that I might do the same thing again. Anyone know what bolts I should u
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