When I start my car in the morning and have it running for a few minutes, there's usually enough water on the ground to refill a hot water bottle, is this normal? I think it is because there's no problem associated with this, it just seems excessive and I need someone out there to put my mind at rest.
Probably just condensation - if the water level in your header tank is not dropping then don't worry about it.
On a similar subject.
I noticed today when I was in a traffic jam that mine kicks out loads of white steam - even after it's been running 3/4 of an hour down a motorway to work. Non of the other cars in the queue did this, so it got me thinking that perhaps there is something about Vaux engines that produces this effect. My other GTE did it as well.
I'm not going to look to much into this because on frosty days like we've had for the past week, I think its going to be difficult telling the differance from white smoke, which is usually associated with water getting into the pots, from white exhaust smoke which you usually get when the air going into the air intake is freezing air. I think the reason why some cars produce this and some don't is because on some cars, people switch the air intake to take warm air from the manifold. unlike injection, especially old injections, which are unable to do this. so they produce a lot of smoke. When the weather picks up or even gets warm the smoke will hardly be noticeable. getting back to my problem of excessive condensation in the exhaust, it just has to be one of those things because the water level in the header tank deosn't seem to be efected.
water vapour is given off as and exhaust gas in combustion (HYDROcarbons and oxygen and other **** etc combust to give h20 and co and co2 and other **** etc)
this is asnother reason why it's not good to take your car on short journeys, if your exhaust doesn't warm up enough, water vapour condenses in it and sits there (corroding it) until the next time it warms up enough to evapourate it.
in this kind of weather, much more of the water condenses....