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Temperature light on...panic, oh no!!!

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  1. Sarloucon

    Sarloucon New Member

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    Hi all, bought what we thought was a lovely freelander from a dodgy pair of fellas last night. We managed to drive it home no problem but when on the motorway today the temperature light came on. Opened the bonnet, the pipe at the front was red hot. Parked up for 10 mins, then the light went off. It's been fine all day but we're not confident in it now and worried about the reason the light came on. A Google search suggests anything from a fuel pump to head gasket any advice or suggestions welcome. Thanks in advance.
     
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    1988smithy Well-Known Member

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    What age and engine is it? Post this in the freelander section where @Hippo or @Nodge68 will see it. There's others on here who are awesome with freelanders as well.

    Did you know they were dodgy before you parted with cash..?

    Welcome to the forum!
     
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    Thanks, no we didn't know for sure although the more time we spent looking over the car, the more it became obvious they were traders. We signed a 'sold as seen, no return' reciept which suggests they didn't want the hassel of fixing the problem, whatever that may be. After we signed he admitted to having trade plates, so naturally we are now cynical over the reason it was sold out of the trade business. Thanks for your advice,we'll try to locate the people you mention.
     
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    2005 and 1.8 engine.
     
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    1988smithy Well-Known Member

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    Never mind, worse things happen at sea ;)

    Sounds like head gasket to be fair, have a good look around on the freelander section, use the search function and give as much info as you can when asking any questions. You'll be alright lol
     
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    May I also suggest that if that is the correct postcode for yourself you remove it before some removes your new vehicle. Only a trader would think to get you to sign a sold as seen receipt as if they were normal Joe Bloggs it would automatically be sold as seen and basically they are trying to avoid giving you any sort of warranty with the vehicle which under normal circumstances you'd be entitled to.
     
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    Thanks for the advice,i never thought of that, and yes he clearly didn't want to take responsibility. So, you all thinking it's head gasket? If so, that's about 500 to repair yes?
     
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    Could well be something else but HG is rife on 1.8 k series. Keep your eye on your other thread, the freelander experts will pick it up
     
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    Service history shows it was replaced at 50k miles, it's currently done 80k miles. How long does a HG last?
     
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    How longs a piece of string? If it needed replacing at 50k it's now done another 30k....im not an expert on freelanders tbh, if you put all the info you have in your other thread you'll be surprised at how much good advice you'll get.
     
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    There's a whole lot of things to check before condemning the HG.

    First off, does it have any coolant in the bottle?
    If so, are there loads of little cracks around the coolant bottle cap?
    When it gets hot, does all the coolant disappear, only to return when it cools down?
    Thinking the HG has failed, should be the last thing, as many other other things can fail too.
     
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    Report them to trading standards. They won't autimatically look into the situation. If there's a number of complaints about the same person/garage they may look at it at a later date.

    Search online for their names. Search online for their phone number for other advertised cars. Save copies of what you find and add it to what you tell trading standards. Try to find the garage name.

    It sounds like you have bought from a garage without knowing until you signed.
     
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    Welcome to the forum

    As above, what's happening with the coolant?
     
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