Drove to Aylesbury this morning for work. The 145 was running really well. Got to Aylesbury and realised that I did not have any change for the car park, so went to petrol station to buy a paper and drink.
While I was in the shop, I looked out of the window to see clouds of smoke coming from the front of my car
I ran out and was told by someone filling up that there was a bang from the front of my car and then it started smoking. I had a look round and there was some fluid loss under the car and around the front of the engine, but I could not see where it was coming from. There was plenty of coolant in the expansion tank and no obvious problem with the rad. As the smoke seemed to be coming from around the top of the engine I was pretty concerned, so I rang the AA.
About 40 minutes later they turned up. He took the cover of the top of the engine but could see nothing obvious, so we risked starting the engine and she ran fine (apart from more smoke as the fluid burned off). He evntually traced the problem to the air conditioning pipe that runs down in front of the engine. The rear of this has burst and shot the refridgerant all over the front of the engine. Why it would do this with the engine turned off and not having the aircon on this morning is strange, but I was thinking more along the lines of dead engine initially, so it could be worse
Just looked at the parts CD and the pipe from the aircon pump seem to be one part which is £70
, plus the cost of the aircon recharge. Hope I don't have to wait months for the part to arrive now!