While driving on the Saturday morning with a Perodua Kancil belong to Mr. Faiz, the car suddenly doesn’t drive like it was to be. Out of sudden, there is a steam coming out from the front hood and the temperature gauge shooting to the “H”. A sign of overheating.
We park the car at the road side for further checking what’s seem to be the problem. Found out there are water drops on the tarmac coming out from the car and for sure the steam are coming out from the reservoir tank due to overheating.
Further checking, it seems that the steel pipe connecting the radiator to the engine water pump is leaking. Not sure how bad it is, but it does look bad as the water coming out from the engine drastically fast.
While stranded on the road side and with a set of options that we’ve got, driving an overheated Perodua Kancil is the only way when towing cost us RM100. Lucky for us, the day was raining and loop hole of water are everywhere. This might help a bit if we drive the car without the engine cooling system working.
Let the engine cool itself a bit, open up the radiator cap, fill it up with water and get on the go as fast as you can while the leaking spitting out the water. Run over loop hole of water when possible, turn off the engine while stopping at the traffic light..drive while you still can and the temperature still not reaching its boiling point, “H”.
Head on to Pomen Yala for further checking and found out the suspected pipe were the culprit that has caused the overheating. We need to take it out to see how bad the leaking and need to decide whether it’s still OK or beyond repairable state.
The source of water leaking are coming from the Pin Hole on the water pipe connecting the radiator and the engine water pump. A small hole such as in the image above does give a big impact and reduce the engine performance when the water pressure at it’s peak.
At this point, what we can do is; repair the pin hole using a “SteelStick” epoxy or change to the new water pipe. Not to take any risk, Mr Faiz decide to change the water pipe to a new one and cost him RM40 for the pipe.
We test-fit the new piping and it well fit. Squeeze it in with some silicone glue at its tip to ensure no more leaking coming out from it. Start the engine and let it run to its working temperature. All seems OK. Overall time taken is three hours (3hrs).