I have not noticed any of the changes you have asked about because I was not aware of these. From now on I shall take notice of the coolant/oil level and temperature before setting off and compare it to when I park the car.
The engine looks clean and I cannot detect where the leak is coming from. The little trickle of water is clear not black as I first thought. The leak seems to be coming somewhere from under the engine area.
What I have noticed is:
The car always feels hot inside when I am driving and I always have to leave the air conditioning on.
I checked the coolant container (I think it is the coolant container - the one with yellowish fluid next to the windowscreen wiper water container) and it is nearly on the minimum level.
I am going out now and will take note of the temperature etc.
Hi..Ok..suspect from what your syaing it will just be the Air Conditioning thats causing that..and is perfectly normal to see that after or during the air con use.especially when the cars parked up..all cars basically do it if fitted with the air conditioning - they have a drain pipe that comes out the base of the heater box/evaporator assembly to dump the condensate. Air-Con removes excess humidity from the air, this is condensed and channeled away by pipe..that goes through the floor and out underneath..and thus the condensate/water just drains off out on the road..so im pretty sure thats what your seeing with regards ***** ***** trickle of clear/clean looking water and nothing to worry about..I do hope this helps
Thanks for your reply.
Just to let you know that I drove a short distance (10 to 15 minutes) and there was no trickle of water when the car was parked approx for 1 hr).
However, I noticed that the temperature gauge went all the way up to 90 after drving the short distance back (approx 10 to 15 mins).
Although, I had the air conditioning on - all over the dashboard was extermely hot, the steering wheel was warm and the car bonnet was hot.
I know it is a hot day today - but is this normal.
Finally, you didn't answer my last question:
Do you know the name of any reputable garages (that’s not going to charge an arm & a leg) in the London borough of Hillingdon area.
Thank you for your help Robert and for the garage link.