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sandrummer
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Sep 27, 2012, 9:36 PM

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Wife called me at work, said she turned around went back home as van spiked temp, then cooled as she drove, even at idle, said she smelled "HOT ENGINE" smell, gauge spiked and then normal and then back? Water Pump? Thermostat?


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Sep 27, 2012, 9:43 PM

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Probably a coolant leak and it was actually getting hotter as it ran out of coolant but the sensor had no coolant to read from so it appeared normal. It can't read air.




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sandrummer
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Sep 27, 2012, 9:45 PM

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Thank you, makes sense with the sensor info, i have noticed this week some large white colored, but dry spots directly under engine in garage, ? coolant dried?


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Sep 27, 2012, 9:54 PM

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Probably. Just hope she didn't do head gasket damage not. That will happen in a heartbeat when it gets that hot.




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sandrummer
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Sep 27, 2012, 10:03 PM

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Thank you, she said it ran fine and she didn't go far, ill put some coolant in it to get to mechanic in morning, about 6miles away, Thanx once again!


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Sep 27, 2012, 10:06 PM

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hank you, she said it ran fine and she didn't go far


If i had a dollar for every time I was told that after finding a blown engine, i wouldn't be working.

If she drove it until the gauge came back down, it was definitely hot enough to fry it.




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sandrummer
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Sep 27, 2012, 10:11 PM

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Uh oh, that didn't sound good, i think im gonna go home now early after its cooled down and see if it runs okay hoping its not leaking compression




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