About 3000km into ownership got a low coolant warning. The attached photo shows the traces of dried coolant from the area of the thermostat housing. We find we have to top up 8 out of 10 cars on their first service. . Promptly wipe up any spilled fluid as it is highly toxic.
Removing the coolant reservoir cap on a warm engine could cause the cap to fly off at a high rate of speed and fluid to spray out of the reservoir. It is common for expansion tanks to crack, or pipes to corrode or leak. Every time that the temp drops below 10 degrees my low coolant light will flash at me. I think this is the reason: Before being placed in a vehicle, coolant must be diluted according to possible annual temperature ranges in the area. About 3000km into ownership got a low coolant warning. I was ready to call out Green Flag earlier Yeah if you can still see coolant in the expansion bottle then your fine, the system holds about 4-6 litres.
You can now buy waterless coolant, which is never under pressure. As funny as that analogy may seem, it's really just another step even further down your initial question, comparing distilled water vs generic coolant, although the difference between those two would be more obvious and extreme. Thanks in advance for any help peeps. It fired right up again, and the light never came back on. Make sure to check your engine when it is cold for an accurate reading.
I didn't realise it is such a major alarm, no wonder my friend is nervous about it. I cannot see any leaks from the radiator, I don't remember hitting anything and have had no steam etc. Reading on the forums suggest that it happens on colder days or be due to internal leaking of the water pump. I stopped off at Halfords on the way home and after advice from their 'expert' I bought some concentrated coolant. It has now been picked up by tow truck to a garage. It's all the little things that makes these builds a success or not.
Mileage now 65249km Deb Tom answered 4 years ago Common problem. They are still awaiting the reply for Warranty so car will not be ready today. Been there, done that, good luck! I will update with result of the work done. Le Clue wrote:Happened with my Polo and twice on my Scirocco. I just did a 1000km round trip yesterday putting my mileage just under 100000k Thanks Donald. Anyone seen this or have any idea what it may be? If the handbrake is in the off position you should check your brake fluid level as this may need to be topped up. Animals love its sweet taste, so even a spilling a small amount on your garage floor can end up in the dog's stomach pretty quickly.
You can add water but don't add a different coolant. For any questions, be sure to at Volkswagen Santa Monica. If you are ordering any parts or filters several of the vendors here have it. Now I have a dilemna, the 'expert' at Halfords has sold me G30 coolant manual was at home but the manual says it should be G12 or G13. Every time I would check it out I would have full coolant. They showed me the pictures as they stripped the car down, quite noticeable when you know what you are looking for - I'll find the pictures and post them later tonight.
Mine was changed just before Christmas for the princely sum of £14. I reached civilisation which was my home town anyway. Be sure to check your owners manual to determine the correct type of fluid to add - for Volkswagens, it will typically be in a section titled Fluid Capacities in the back of your manual. Don't forget to cut the new G13 coolant with 50% distilled water before putting it into your car, it usually doesn't come pre-mixed. Anybody can slap a basic bottom end together.