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got a astra diesel 2005 the car drives for about 5 minutes

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got a astra diesel 2005 the car drives for about 5 minutes then cuts out then will restart 30 minutes later then cuts out again also the cooling box needs to be topped up every week
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  vauxdoc replied 4 years ago.
Welcome to Just answer, It sounds like your engine is overheating due to a faulty cylinder head gasket.

This is why after 30 minutes it will start after cooling down, also explains the coolant loss, the engine should not use any coolant at all.

This is quite a common fault on this engine, to be sure you can get the engine "block tested" at a local garage or when cold start the engine, rev. it a few times, switch it of and remove the coolant cap, if a hissing can be heard the system is pressurising due to gasket failure.

An overhaul would cost between £200-400.

I hope this helps, best regards, Vauxdoc.