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Hi all, Thought i would drop a quick line to say hi, and stop the web page from reminding me that i am a new member and had not posted anyhting yet.

I am the proud owner of an '86 i think, santana sj410. Am in the forces and living in cyprus at the mo. the 410 makes an ideal beach car, and a cheap runa round, though ear plugs are required over 40mph.

i have one problem at the moment wih it though. It keeps drinking water from the radiator. about every 2 weeks i need to put about .5-1L of water in. Its not the radiator leaking as its brand new, and i have checked for leaks.

Has anyone else had this problem? And if so, is there an easy solution.

Thanks for your time.

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iain
 

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if there is nothing leaking out of radiator or any hoses or heater core, you may have an head gasket or a crack in block or head, note i said may, seeing your in a warmer climate than i am, it may be normal, this is just a guess, i can't really tell without seeing car, do have a question, does any white smoke come out of tail pipe?
 

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We used to have to constantly check the radiator and fill often until my husband realized the "correct" water/anti-freeze mixture was to much. Now we run a high water content to anti-freeze mixture and don't have the problem anymore. We live in TX where it gets pretty hot in the summer time. We bought our running Samurai (we have two of them) in Germany and didn't have any overheating or radiator problems until we brought it here to TX. We did have an overheating problem when the crankshaft started going out and didn't realize it until the engine seized one day.

These little vehicles have weird "personality quirks". Try more water in the radiator - that may do the trick.

Good luck!

Marcy - proud owner of Skuki :57:
 
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