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How far can you drive with an empty radiator?

The radiator on my Peugeot 106 has started leaking very badly and need replacing. I don't have time to fix it at the moment, so I'm taking it to a garage. How far can I drive it without damaging the ...
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2005 Ford Taurus - Is it really harmful to use standard antifreeze?

My wife was speaking with a mechanic when she took the car in for a safety and emissions inspection this past week and the mechanic told her that we HAD to take our Ford Taurus to a Ford dealership or ...
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Can I drive a car with only water and no coolant if it has a leak?

Recently, I was informed that a car I share ('02 Nissan Sentra) was close to overheating. I was told it gets close to the upper limit very quickly upon running the car. When I inspected the vehicle, I ...
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Reasons for loss of radiator fluid

I've had to top up my car's radiator fluid twice in the last month after discovering that the expansion tank (plastic container where one usually tops up) had completely drained out (roughly a ...
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Can radiator cool down a car too much?

Recently they replaced my stock radiator with aftermarket one (at dealership, so I hope they knew what they were doing), and since then I feel that a car is not warming up enough. Even if I warm it ...
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How to do minor repairs to a radiator?

I have a radiator in my truck that has a slow leak which looks like it is oozing a little bit in between some of the fins. What are some of the ways to repair a radiator without replacing it? At ...
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Does a small amount of dried coolant warrant replacing block heater, radiator and hose Or can I use K-Seal?

My garage found a small amount of dried coolant on my radiator and block heater and tell me that I needed to replace my radiator, block heater, and hose urgently, as it could leak at any moment. I ...
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Changed radiator, now have misfiring?

I have a 1996 Nissan Altima. I had to change my radiator recently because it developed some cracks on the top of the tank and I would have to refill the tank every few days. When I changed the ...
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My car has the wrong coolant in it. Now what?

Hello I realized today after beating my head about my car's overheating problems that I have the wrong coolant in it. About a year ago, my car ran dry. At the bottom of the expansion tank was an ...
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01 sentra running hot

I have an 01 nissan sentra which had been running hot. If i start the car in the morning and turn temp control to hot and fan on and let the car warm up, i will have no heat and the car runs hot. Just ...
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Engine coolant gets to very low levels, but doesn't completely empty

2008 Toyota Tundra with a 5.7L V engine I noticed last month that my coolant reservoir was well below the 'low' mark. I filled her up, only to find out last week that it was back to the same spot ...
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Accidentally poured engine oil into the coolant reservoir

My 1990 Mazda 626 leaks oil like a sieve, so I regularly top up the oil. In a moment of stupidity, I opened my radiator cap instead of my oil cap while topping up my engine oil, and poured about ...
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Is there a reliable way to repair a pin hole leak in a radiator

I have heard a few different ways to fix a pin hole leak in a radiator. I have heard put a small amount of black pepper in the radiator, or use jb weld to patch the hole, and not to use the stop leak ...
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Should I try radweld on this pipe or just replace it? Mk3 VW Golf

I have a leaking pipe in the cooling system of my Mk Golf. It leaks about a litre in 5 miles. I'm not sure if it's worth trying Radweld with this rate of flow or if I should just try to find a ...
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Air trapped inside radiator after adding coolant

It has now happened twice to me that after adding coolant to the radiator, when I turn the car on the RPM's will bounce up and down and the engine is reving (between 1k and 1.5k RPM's). Normal idle is ...
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Steam coming from radiator, odd noise while accelerating

I have a 1995 Toyota Corolla and last night while driving on the freeway, every time I pressed the gas pedal, the car would make a very noticeable sound. I pulled over and, as soon as I did, steam ...
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What is the Magic ON temperature for Electric Fans?

I want to wire up my old truck to turn an electric fan ON to keep the radiator cool. The ECM has an engine coolant temperature sensor mounted in the engine that alters the resistance to determine ...
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Inside radiator coming off?

I have recently (yesterday) went through coolant flushing and this morning, I have opened the radiator cap and found something weird going on inside: I'm pretty sure it was fully black all of ...
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Is coolant testing necessary on modern vehicles?

My father in law continually reminds me to check my antifreeze when it starts getting cold. I get the squeeze tester out and it always shows everything is fine. We drive cars that are always less than ...
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My truck is not accelerating when going to low gear from high gear

So I have a '94 Chevy truck with a bad radiator leak (which may be unrelated). Yesterday and today I pulled off of the highway and the street light on the exit was green meaning I didn't have to come ...
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1995 Chevy s-10 4 cylinder running hot but not overheating

I am having an issue with my s-10. It runs hot but is not overheating. It started when I replaced the temperature sending unit and thermostat. I put in an additional thermostat to make sure the first ...
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Will a radiator still work properly if laid on its side?

So basically I made the decision of investing in a 1987 MK3 Supra with an 350 small block engine swap. The current radiator is not cutting it and the vehicle overheats after 10 miles of driving when ...
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Why did GM change the pressure rating of their coolant tank cap for existing vehicles?

GM has changed the part number for the radiator surge tank cap on vehicles that came from the factory with Dex-Cool. The new cap is 18 PSI (RC87 - part number 25713160), the old one for many vehicles ...
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Using only coolant or mix of water for radiator?

Do I have to use only coolant for radiator or mix coolant with water, if so what percentage of coolant and water should be mixed?
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How to know if a radiator is getting sufficient airflow

I have recently purchased a dune buggy as displayed in the photo below. Note the position of the radiator located above the seats. What I am wanting to do is install some clear perspex in the window ...
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Plastic end-tank radiator

Why are modern radiators made from aluminium with plastic ends? What is the durability compared to 100% aliuminium radiators?
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Does a water leaking make the engine heat faster?

I have a Range Rover classic 1993 which is heating very fast even if I just drive for 10 min, the heat is not rising too much but I used to drive this Range Rover before and especially in winter ...
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Lower radiator hose heater. Is it worth it?

As winter and cold temperature are coming soon, I was looking at getting a block heater and I came across a thread talking about installing a lower radiator hose heater. Does anyone have one ...
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2004 Ford Escape Reserve Coolant mixed with oil

I have been using my 2004 ford escape 4x4 v6 for nearly 7 years now since my dad gave it to me. I am not a very technical guy when it comes to car maintenance but I see to it that it is always ...
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Ford Fiesta - the colour of the water in the water container

I own a hatchback ford fiesta. I took my car out for a drive today for 10 minutes and when I came back, I opened the hood and checked that the water in the water container was quite hot (not ...
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Radiator Coolant Leak

I have found heavy leak of engine oil into the radiator of my 1996 Mercedes Benz (odometer 150000 mile). The workshop found the oil cooler pump damaged but we could not find a new one in the area. He ...
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Radiator drain plug for Ford Falcon BA Mk2 Wagon

I'm trying to flush the coolant on a 2005 Ford Falcon (BA Mk2 wagon model, with the 6-cylinder engine), but am having difficulty locating the radiator drain plug. I'm having difficulty even getting ...
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Second burst ancillary hose on Z20LET engine

This morning was the second time the same ancillary coolant hose burst in my car. It's a 2005 model Opel/Vauxhall Astra turbo coupe (engine is Z20LET). Prior to this, I have had many problems with ...
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radiator grill fins bent

I have a over heating problem. I have replaced the water pump, thermostat, upper radiator hose and the coolant temperature sensor. They were all in need of replacement, but my car still over heats ...
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95 geo metro 1.0L pushing coolant out of overflow

I have a 95 geo metro. Car runs good and has normal power. When car is idling it runs fine with no overheating or coolant being pushed out of the overflow. I was told to replace the water pump, ...
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2003 Acura TLS running hotter than usual

I'm having some concerns with my car's engine temperature. Last weekend after being stopped at an intersection, the engine temperature went up higher than usual, about 75% of the way to the red line. ...
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Bent radiator fins — how many is too many?

Hi I thought I fixed some previous overheating problems but I only helped them. My car was running fine when it was 95F or so over the weekend but now it's 110F(yes, hell, I know) outside and my cars ...
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2001 Chevy Astro- oil in the radiator

I have a 2001 Chevy Astro Van. Yesterday the radiator starting spewing a thick, black substance out the side of it. It looks like old oil. I had the oil changed 1 1/2 weeks ago. The oil on the ...
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Radiator is getting more heated

my indica vista car engine is getting over heated. Is this because of not mixing water and usind only coolant oil, if so what should i doo now can i mix water now in that.