Started up the Tourer this morning and immediately became aware of a very loud gurgling sound which increased as I revved the engine. Mmm, thought I, time to check the coolant level - nearly 2 pints later the it was back to the correct level. Checked dipstick and oil filler for any sign of water in the oil - all looked ok. Re-started the car (gurgled away again for the first minute or so) laid in the road and watched for any sign of leakage - none. Let her warm up properly - still no sign of leakage or further gurgling! So went, somewhat tentatively, on my way. My morning was full of stop/start journeys and the temp gauge went to normal and sat there. Still no sign of leakage but when I checked at lunchtime - it needed another half pint of water. . .
The head gasket was replaced 16 months ago (at 28K) with the new MLS (Multi Layer Steel Gasket) gasket and cradle kit. So, 5000 later it looks like we're heading in that direction again . . .
To add insulty to injury, the check strap on the driver's door has been catching and clicking for about the last 2 months (yes, I know I should have lubricated it) well, this morning it stopped clicking - because it broke altogether . . .
Just to really finish off my day when I sat down to watch 'The Saint' on ITV4 + 1 this afternoon I found that ITV4 + 1 doesn't seem to exist anymore!
However, back to the Tourer, - I know who to blame - it's all Zeb's fault because when I was talking to Carl last week he asked if the Tourer was being 'troublesome'. Stupidly I replied that it wasn't.