Exmoor Beast Posted August 31, 2006 Share Posted August 31, 2006 Had 2500 cakes to deliver to Wiltshire yesterday. Should have left home by 4am but after being awake half the night I overslept and dived into the Mini at 5.30am to drive to the shop and collect the Discovery and trailer. Turned the Mini key and whh whh whhiirrr, nothing, tried and tried in vail until smoke poured from the bonnet. ARRGGHH. dashed back indoors to get the 110 keys and explain to Lucy then set off leaving her marooned at our remote abode with no telephone or vehicle. collected the Disco and trailer and set off. 2500 cakes are damned heavy so it wasn't rapid progress but with the quiet morning traffic I made good time. Soon hurtling along the M5 at a steady 60mph marvelling at how well the Disco was coping when we arrived at the split section SW of Gordano, its a long slog up and I wasn't shocked to see the temp climb towards the top of the hill. What I was shocked by was the loud POP and the sudden burst of steam that happened next!!! followed by a sudden drop on the temp gauge. Pulled up and switched off convinced a hose had gone. Opened the bonnet hoping it was repairable. No sign of a busted hose but obviously there was no water anywhere in the system. Didn't have any water so callled the RAC. RAC man arrived and we filled the system only to see it pouring out the rear of the block. ARRGGHH core plug blown out!!!! So Discovery recovered back to Exmoor and Lucy arrived 2 hours later with the 110 to carry on delivering cakes. All went fine until we got half way home in the 110 and the clutch master cylinder decided to chuck the fluid all down my boots. Great. So. Mini can wait. 110 is easy to fix. Disco? why did it go? any ideas? will pulling the engine out, replacing the plug and changing the thermostat/sender cure it? Head gasket maybe? its a new head? Will Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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