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Hi guys it looks like all my leaks are now fixed. I have read that a weep can still exist a few days after its fixed. So im getting ready for its first drive and i was looking for advice on possibly monitoring oil level and water temperature while driving. Just as a precaution so i can detect possible problems before they become serious. I have standard hg belmont gauges which are just warning lights for temp oil and generator. Would this be sufficient. Is it safe to say if the lights do not come on then its safe and all good or are these gauges to slow to pick up problems quickly enough. Any advice please would be great. I dont want to risk damage to my newly rebuilt motor.

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But as long as you have oil and water I'd be going for a spin. It's all we relied on in the black and white days of old.
A short drive first, check oil and water again once cooled down, then enjoy.
Your telltales should light up when you turn on the ignition so you can confirm idiot lights are working.
Good to hear your oil leak is sorted.

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Headed out to where the pavement turns to sand...."

Cheers, John

I've found the "idiot" lights to be fine on a number of Holden's I've had over the years and when I've had a problem like overheating I've had the warning, taken immediate action with no adverse effects. As the other poster has said go for a short run and check periodically until you are confident all is ok. Quite a few modern cars now don't have a temperature gauge like the popular Mazda CX5 - back to a warning light - because it seems many drivers don't take much notice of gauges - I know first hand my daughter's don't.

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Thanks for the advice. My leak has formed a small droplet which has no fallen onto the floor yet. However it look over 4 hours to form that 1 droplet so im thinking its just excess seepage that will pass in time. I shall have to get a permit to drive it soon and it will only be a few km to a local tyre shop for wheel alignment and brake adjustment as i cant do any better myself :)

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short hops to heat and cool the engine over 3 or 4 trips before undertaking a long hop. idiot lights are fine.

I had a bloke years ago who purchased a short reco engine from me. he insisted on using his oil pump from the old engine and it seized two weeks late and stripped the cam gear. his missus was driving and hit the key asap when the light came on. I replaced the cam and pump and all was good.
the stripped gears were sitting on the cast ledge under the dissy. idiot lights work ok

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1. Let the engine idle periodically and see that the oil light stays out.

2. Low oil pressure will be accompanied by lifter rattle.

3. Fit a voltmeter ASAP. It's a great warning of loss of charge.

4, A broken fanbelt can be indicated by the charge light coming on.

5. Radiator hoses must be firm once the engine gets hot. If they are easy to compress the cap is not holding pressure and trouble will result.

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