Hi! My first post here, looking for guru advice. I have a 156 2.0 TSPARK (932A2) 1999. Today it did not pass the yearly motor vehicle inspection. Therefor I have some things that needs some fixing.
Firstly, they said that I have a leakage in the exhaust system. They didn't tell me where and it was apparently so bad that they didn't even measure the CO2 levels and such. Now, I get that I have to get under the car to search for the leak. The idle sound and throttle sound does not seem very nice, it sounds a little to hard like the muffler is bad or something.
Are there any common leak points on the 156's, and, any tips for easiest checking where the leak is?
Secondly, this is kinda embarrassing and probably stupid. But yes, I have seen, from the outside of the expansion tank where the cooler fluid goes. That it's probably empty from what I can see, yet I haven't unscrewed the cap to see for my self. So today the guy told me it was empty.
. I haven't driven the car for long runs but yes the temperature gauge has been a bit over the middle but maybe 1-2 times at most. The car just goes for about 10 miles sometimes so there are not many long runs where the engine gets the chance to heat up fully (yes bad also). But I'm surprised it hasn't boiled over yet?
Now - It could be a leakage here as well, I don't know yet. Would you advise me to buy some coolant fluid and try to fill it up and see if it stays in the system? Or is there any easy way to check if there is a major/small leak?
Plus, the guy that sold the car to me for peanuts almost a year ago gave me a new thermostat because it needed changing he thought. He said that the car ran a bit cold that it didn't reach what, 90°C easily? So, that hasn't been done yet, could a faulty thermostat be the problem and also where the leakage occurs?
Oh goodness, fingers crossed, hopefully someone can read a swedes english