Hi Guys... I get a call from the service dealer today undertaking the 80,000km service telling me the water pump, radiator and overflow bottle are all leaking. I politely said they are lying and will not approve the replacement of any of these parts.
Some background. 2 weeks ago when on a country road (about 30km from the nearest town) the overheating light came on, I pulled over and switched the engine off immediately (within 10 secs). After some minutes I removed the overflow cap to find no coolant in the bottle at all. Luckily I had about 3L of water with me and after using all of it the bottle was about half full. I continued on my way home which was about another 500km with no problem. I checked it again at various times over the past few weeks and this morning and it still had the same amount of water in the system. I tend to leave the coolant top up for when it is serviced every 10,000km and have never had a modern car run dry or even low before.
Back to the service today and they said the entire system had a leak, after telling them they were lying they came back later and said it is only the water pump (which happens to be the only part my extended warranty would cover). I still said I do not believe them but as long as I am not out of pocket do whatever you believe you have to. The thing is I will still be out of pocket a few hundred dollars excess on this warranty anyway.
Has anyone else actually had a leaking problem with a water pump (according to their dealer) with no evidence of a leak?