Just bought a 2003 ZS 2.5l V6 in really good condition.
The power steering fluid is boiling once the car has been running for more than 20 miniutes (it has been overfilled if that makes a difference). Does anyone know what the issue could be?
Also the cambelt hasn't been changed and from what I am told it should be changed at 90k miles or 6 years. Is it an issue to leave it longer? (The cars done under 50k miles).
If the fluid was actually boiling the all the hoses would melt! I think it is just aerating a bit, as long as the steering works OK then leave it. As for the cambelt, you are into length of string area and I don't think anyone on here would stick there neck out and say it would be OK. Best to change it, along with the water pump, for peace of mind. Still not sure? Price up a set of valves, head gaskets and the belts plus labour. MMMMM.
Thanks for the advice mate.
Hi, sorry for intruding in fleet's thread but prob not worth starting a new one .
Is 22k miles too soon for a cambelt and waterpump change?
Car needs a full service any(engine not touched or looked at for 14k) .
I went to the ex-rover dealer where original owner bought it and serviced it (now a peogeot dealer) and the guy basically laughed at me(said it wouldn't need a belt change)
I won't have money to get it done after christmas or given the current financial climate ,...prob in the next 2-3 years (or before 60k at least)
The guy was the chief mechanic. Is he right? 22k too soon?
Avoid that garage again.
It's not always the distance that can kill a belt that's why they say 5 years or 60k. On the later cars they changed it to 6 years. But I always recommended to customers to stick to the 5 year rule.
Internal damage on the cords is the killer and it's hard to see them even with the belt off. I have a feeling that this recent cold snap will have set the time bomb ticking on some cars with belts that might be 4 to 5 years old.