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    possible head gasket ?

    hi guys i have bought 99 astra 1.4 16v 3 weeks ago and i have noticed it is loosing a water but not too much.

    i have checked for leaks but cant find any.
    the car is not overheating and max temp i get on display is half the bar and the fan kicks in,

    i have checked the oil for cream but there isnt.

    i do drive 100-160miles everyday so i dont know if thats normal to loose about half the reservoir in a week.

    hope someone can help me.

    thank you.

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    the likely suspects are a leaking seal on the water pump, leaking from a coolant hose or down the sides or along the bottom or the radiator and possibly heater matrix. all common areas on the Astra. look for signs of crustiness from the antifreeze

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    Bought it 3 weeks ago? Just check that there's enough coolant in the system. IIRC it's about 6.5 litres full.

    I had this issue with mine when I got it, the previous owner had obviously noticed it was low and topped it up, but only filled the expansion tank. Was empty within a week.

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    thanks guys will check that,
    i was not sure as i never had petrol really im used to diesels

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