Firstly hiya, and if this is in the wrong section feel free to move it.
Since I've just finished for summer at uni, I thought I'd try get my Mk 3 Astra 1.4 8v on the road. Now this car was given to me by a mate as part exchange for the Corsa I sold him, so I used it as a runaround, my other car being a GTO TT which ironically ended up being the runaround due to the Astra...
As long as I've had the Astra its run warm, needed water top ups etc. I found this to be a hole in the radiator. Either way winter came, of course I assumed the water would have all leaked away, and didnt bother with antifreeze. I reckon this is probably the root of it all.
Anyways come round to summer, and I fill it with water, which proceeds to p*ss out from below exhaust manifold, on the cambelt side. Water pump?. There is the brown creamy residue on oil cap synonmous with head gasket failure, although im hoping thats from short journeys and condensation etc.
The car starts and drives, obviously I can't run it for long as its only being air cooled, but it stops it from seizing up.
My thought is that something has split with expanding ice during the winter.
What do you guys reckon?