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    Smile Astra 1.4 problems - Head Gasket? Water pump?

    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?

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    Welcome to AS. I'd say head gasket. Don't run the car anymore. Replace the head gasket get the head skimmed ect. if you've only just got the astra may be worth a cab belt change anyway depending on if you know it was last done. Replace the water pump whilst your there. Also check your hoses as well.

    I would...
    Go down the scrappies and get a rad
    fit it and check hoses
    Head skimmed and gasket replaced
    Fill with coolant
    test. If all is good then oil filter & oil change
    If still bad then water pump and cambelt replaced.

    Hope that helps.
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    Aye I was factoring in a cambelt as its close to 68k and i'm assuming its every 40k?

    Am gonna run it down the local garage, its all downhill and not far at all, and I'll let them sort it.

    If it is HG failure, what sort of figure am I lookin at?
    Gonna be a bugger this coming month cos GTO needs MOT aswell as Astra, so it might be a toss between which goes on the road

    Cheers for your reply anyway mate, appreciated!

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    Head gasket replacement, cambelt and water pump your gonna be looking at a sizeable bill. <£500
    Suggest before you push it off down the hill phone them for a quote. As it may be easier to forget the astra for a bit and get the GTO on the road. Then attempt the water pump, cambelt replacement and fit a new head gasket yourself. I would.

    Yes cambelt replacement is every 40k. AFAIK.

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