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Old 08-12-2003, 07:17 PM
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Simple Coolant Over Flow Prob. W108

'69 280S

Okay, I started driving the car around today (I got it yesterday) I noticed that when I would stop, and park the car, alot of coolant would leak out of over-flow rubber pipe. This happened about twice, and on the second time nothing came out. I dismissed it thinking the previous owner put in too much coolant and that the excess had by now spilled out. The next time I parked the car I noticed once again a large puddle of coolant, and lines of coolant on the ground that were caused before I parked the car. While driving I havn't noticed any spilage, and my engine temp doesn't is between 175-200F. What could be the problem? Should I have an over flow tank for the over-flow coolant?

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Old 08-12-2003, 07:28 PM
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The cooling system on the 108's was not the best -- You may just have a bad cap that is not taking the pressure-- I would just replace it because they are cheap.

On my early 108 I had to add the MB aux fan in the front to help out the ac when going slow.

They did not have a recovery tank
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Old 08-12-2003, 07:30 PM
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I see

thanks for the input
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Old 08-13-2003, 11:29 AM
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a few more points

your car looks like it is in very good shape!!

the rear turn lens in red is very early and no longer made also the front turn lens are also early -- I did not think that they had the small turns and the side lights -- normally they had the larger front turns on cars with the sids

The bulb watts should be marked on the bulb frame (is it metal or plastic) the 21w will be fine -- use blubs with silver not brass ends and you will be fine.

The front turn also has the small parking bulb.

many 108's do not have the right mirror -- it looks like your car has the later style driver mirror with the larger base.


I normally keep my Rad filled almost to the top -- I have the manual and I think that this is correct -- the system does expand and does not have any place for the water to go - just out the tube

The heaters on the 108's work very well -- the upper left is blower speed -- 3 settings for the fan -- first the flap opens allowing you to use air pressure to bring in air at highway speed and then the fan speeds the more you move the lever.

upper is flap for heat/ defrost

The lower two are heat for each side - they work flaps as well as the heater valve - this valve is located on the heater matrix
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Old 08-13-2003, 03:36 PM
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thanks for all that information

I'll get a new rad. cap today, when I pick up the new air filter that I ordered yesterday.

I'll post back with my cars reactions.
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