Within 2 or 3 minutes of starting up from cold this morning my temp gauge was showing 100*c.
my top radiator hose is red hot all the time and under a hell of a lot of pressure, the radiator is cold compared to it.
the expansion tank is flat cold all the time. i lightly unscrewed the top and it was under a shit loads of pressure and shot out.
also the gauge keeps going up and up past 100*c then the coolant light comes on then goes off as i let the engine idle.
im thinking along the lines of thermostat blocked.
dont know if it related or not but the battery is totally flat and i had to bump it off earlier when i stopped the engine to let it cool off.
the battery light comes on about 3 or 4 seconds after depressing the clutch and holding it down also when im stationary (basically when its idling).
could this be the alternator?
my engine has 130k on it and i changed the alt. belt due to it snapping about 3 months ago.
it has been sat in my drive for the past 2 months as i was disqualified but occasionally (day or 2) start engine up to keep it ok) which hasnt work very well.
thanks in advance