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Discussion in 'VE Holden Commodore (2006 - 2013)' started by countrylife, Nov 3, 2019.

  1. countrylife

    countrylife Member

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    Hi there my vehicle is a 2008 Holden Commodore SV6. I have just noticed that it is leaking what seems to be water slightly oily not much. Maybe just plain water??? It's a water like substance that smells musty could this have anything to do with my radiator. I just recently replaced my radiator cap because I heard bubbling in my engine once when I stopped the car. The aircon is also having issues and when I replace the radiator cap it had no issues for a while that was really good but now just yesterday the aircon has stopped being cold again...its works on and off.. Now I'm seeing water leaking when I pull up or park, trust me don't say it's water from air con because I'm not using the air con anymore anyway. No.1 I'm trying to get down to the bottom of why my air-con wants to work one minute not the other, we've replaced the evaporator & I replaced radiator cap and the mechanic couldn't find anything else wrong ewth air con or to get it to play up when he had the car... so now it's playing up again and I'm losing water. I haven't used the aircon since started playing up again now the water problem? Or could it be coolant? Maybe I'm up for a new radiator, but temperature of car when driving it doesn't over heat????? HELP!!! This is crazy I'm over it. I'm worried about the losing water . And in a previous post I stated that the dash it's flaahing "check engine" this happened yesterday when my air con failed again. I will be getting it code read tomorrow.
     
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    Get the codes read, and let us know.
    You stated you aren't using air con at the moment, but is the compressor switched off?
     
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    That's correct haven't used the air con since yesterday 1pm. I've got all buttons switched off fan and the a/c button off, won't turn it on since I know there is an issue. Is that what you mean?
     
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    Yes.
    The fluid you find on the ground, is it water or coolant?
     
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    The only place water can come from is ac or the washer bottle.

    Note the location of the water. Mark where the car is parked with chalk. Note front wheels on the ground. Front of car.
    Move the car and note where the water is.

    There is many reasons why ac doesn’t work. A compressor clutch solenoid that is playing up could be something.
    That’s a fairly cheap easy fix.

    Low gas (or pressure) is another reason. As a safety precaution it stops the ac working. That can also be accompanied by hissing sounds (from the dash area) when the car is switched off.

    Getting an evaporator replaced is a massive job and expensive. Everything out of the inside of the car comes out but the seats. Was this done?

    Is the water clear, or pink?
    It should be red/pink colour if it’s coolant.

    The other thing it might be is brake fluid. That would have a ‘funny’ smell and clearish colour.
     
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    STOP WRITING TITLES IN ALL CAPITALS!

    If you are that concerned, take it to a dealership to get sorted.
     
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    Sure thanks for letting me know sorry did know it was wrong. I've changed it anyway
     
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    Coolant dead empty, can I add water into coolant area for now?
     
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    NO. Add RED coolant and get it to your local mechanic or you WILL cook the engine.
    Can you afford a new engine?
     
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    I watched a guy top up the cooling system in a VZ station wagon yesterday sitting in a carpark at a small shopping centre. It looked like at least 10 litres went into it...
     
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    I guess you haven't read the forum rules (point 14)...
     
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    Don't just add any red coolant. Make sure it is red Dexcool type. Not all reds are Dexcool type.
     
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    TBH, I don't think it matters at this point. I'd just add water until the leak is fixed. Once fixed flush and fill the cooling system with coolant/anti freeze of your flavour.
     
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    Very true. Sounds like there are that many problems OP would be best going to a specialist and just paying them to go over entire system and fix it all
     
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    An unhelpful answer is to throw away the car and keep the water.

    The old stone in the soup gag.
     
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