Fighting the law of Sod
Now this car was the meant to be the last word in Triumph super-dependability ie. no overheating and good air-con on the hottest day of summer. In other words the perfect excuse not to have to buy my wife a new bloody car which would just not be right in my Triumph biased world!!!
However the last couple of weeks have also proved to be a bit of a heat wave and my credibility rating has dropped several big bloody notches!!
Her mustard coloured 2000/2500 hybrid now has a new engine, new radiator, 14" thermo fan + locked original viscous unit, BUT unfortunately a 45 minute stationary uphill traffic jam in 42deg heat (108F) did push the envelope a bit with a still tight engine with aircon full on and the waterpump burped about 1/2 a pint out of it's seal convincing Del the car had popped it's cork. Anyway after a 20min cool off the car drove home and I was heartily abused over a satellite phone to my room at the mine :-)
Now my efforts will be directed to an even heavier duty cooling system... I am amazed that modern cars don't fry when so much is under the hood + aircon... maybe a different approach is called for in the fan and radiator department