Hi all. Great site BTW! I'm new to the site and that is my first post. I starts life with AR and i'm not mechanicaly minded so please be patient. Sorry for a long post but I want to provide as many details as possible.
I've got 2001 AR 156 1.6 TS lusso reg Y. I have got it for about 1 year but wasn't driving a lot. Usually around my town or max 10 miles from my town. within last few months i was loosing water but sealant helped. Well, till last month when temperature reached max and red light come on. It happened when i was parking outside my house so i switched it off after few seconds. I could hear boiling water and i noticed leak under my car. Similar situation happend 1 more time later on (londer trip -max 20 min) but in mean time i had short trips to shop or work and back(max 10min) but i had to top up water almost every time. Sometimes temp was around 50-70 for few minutes, jumped to 110 and come back to 70-90. But always when on 1st-2nd and in traffic, temp was running fast to red area.
Last week (Tuesday) i took it to mechanic (friend of my friend). As mechanic was busy and i didn't want to drive again (5 miles and catching red on temp gauge) I left car with my friend (short distance from mechanic).
Next day friend rang me saying radiator and thermostat need to be replaced - i expected that as it is good practice to replace both in the same time. Fair enough.
But my friend said that he took a car to mechanic and when mechanic was moving car he lost power . Acceleration pedal stopped working. they connected to a computer and there was "Throttle position sensor" alert. Yesterday I was told there are two or three alerts on computer (all regarding throttle sorry don't know codes) and what is strange, fan starts working straight away (but I'm not sure if when igition on or engine on).
i called mechanic directly and spoke to him. He said he checked almost everything and have no idea what it can be. He checked throttle body, wires, MAF (with -without), lambda sensor, tried 90 sec trick in different versions
No reults - Acceleration pedal is no working. Can't reset ECU. Many people involved (mechanic's friends, other costumers etc)but nobody have had similar problem.
Once again sorry for a long post. My questions are:
1. what's wrong?
2. how i should deal with mechanic as when I left my car with him car was working ok except overheating.
Thanks in advance for all your help, advise, tips and time.
Please help as I feel now like without legs and arms.