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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Please help! first overheat then noisy engine and smoke!!
1.9 16v JTD GT
Last service last month at 38K miles
After having the car serviced at an AO recommended independent last month we went up to the lakes (about 150 miles). On the motorway with cruise on at 70mph the car beeps and advises that the water temperature is at maximum, I look down to see the water temp gauge is vertical at 130!
I pulled over at the services and checked the coolant reservoir which showed it just below the MIN line. I topped up with water as that's all i could get, we let the car cool and from that moment to today, the gauge has never gone above 90 and the coolant level has not dropped at all.
Today on my way to work (25 miles) i was sitting in heavy traffic for about 10 minutes when I see a small amount of smoke coming from under the bonnet and a strong smell. The temp gauge is still at 90. I pulled over and opened the bonnet and there were wisps of strong smelling smoke coming from the back off the engine near the bulkhead. I called the AA and they arrived and started the engine and true to form, nothing happened after about 10 minutes of running the engine, raising the revs etc... He took the engine cover off and when he did he said that the belt was very noisy, i could hear it myself - lots of "ticking"from the black plastic belt cover on the left of the engine (sorry, I'm not mechanical at all). He seemed very concerned by this (as was I) but everywhere i look on here it say the interval for changing the belt is 72K, although most people seem to recommend 54K. But then i read the sticky thread on the water pump failures and now I'm not sure at all whether everything is related or just coincidence?