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Car heating up faster and fan has been over-running / running on when engine turned off, intermittant gurgling noise from coolant bottle area, which when I checked was empty so filled it up. Fan no longer running on but checked it a week later after more gurgling noises, bottle empty but no sign of a leak anywhere when running the engine or drips under the car when been parked for a while.... it is a 2006 Mini Cooper.

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Possible that there is leak which is not visible but it can be due to steam release on pressure. So the pressure cap on the radiator must be checked. Also fill up the radiator to top and allow the engine to idle., Now it you notice there is heating or high temperature then check the fan speed and blowing. The water pump or the radiator having blocks must be checked if the fault occurs.
Also if there is loss in the steam jacket in the engine blocks.Also check the engine firing TIMING.

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Change the thermostat and make sure you blead the system of air and if it still keeps heating up then you have a bigger problem and that is the head gasket.

Posted on Apr 08, 2011

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