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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 18-06-2009, 14:39 Thread Starter
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Overheating Issue

I've had my 2003 MG ZS 120+ since Jan 04 with no problems. Last year I got a new job with a company car therefore my MG was parked up on the drive and not used. After being made redundant a few months ago I started up the MG without any problems after charging the battery, however, I only need to drive the car a short distance and the temperature gauge goes right up to red! I had no issues before the car was left idle for all those months .... any ideas ... ps, I'm no mechanic! :-)
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 18-06-2009, 14:44
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Has it lost any coolant while it was just sitting there ?
If not , Ide suspect a sticking thermostat maybe or and yes I,ve seen this.....have you put a cover over the rad to stop muck and crap getting on it while it was left sitting unused ?
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 18-06-2009, 14:47
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I would check your coolant level. If it has lost coolant for some reason while left standing it will now have an air lock and give the symptoms you describe.

If the heater does not blow hot, the cooling system needs bleeding.
If it has lost coolant, you need to find the leak and fix it.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 18-06-2009, 16:28
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And most importantly... don't let it over heat otherwise you may find yourself shelling out for replacing the head gasket.
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