OK EVERYONE this is why we test drive a auto after repairs to make sure
eveything is alright...
Re: how quickly does engine overheat upon coolant loss?
Group: alt.autos.gm Date: Tue, Jan 13, 2004, 6:09am (CST+6) From:
The mechanic is the only one to be blamed here! He lied when he said
that the hose got loose because the parts were cheep, unless the new
part broke off or something like that.
In retrospective, he could have done this and that, but it does not
excuse the mechanic's incompetence.
He stopped in 2 or 3 minutes after the temperature light came on, and if
it was a freezing day it shouldn't be enough time to cause any problems.
However, I would have the compression checked and whatever else
necessary to make sure the engine was OK, but maybe not at the same
mechanic. If there was damage to the engine I would request from the
mechanic that screw it up, that he repaired whatever problem for free.
If he didn't agree, I would call the motor vehicle department to explain
and file a complaint if necessary and appropriate. They can be very
useful in helping consumers in cases like this one.
The client will help himself and future clients of that mechanic by
waking him up so he is more careful next time.
Sam Kaan wrote:
I was driving home the other day and my car first shows "low coolant"
light. Well I figured it needs a top up, which I will do at the earliest
I mean come on, it was freezing cold where I live this time of year and
I am not just going to get out of the car, open the trunk grab the spare
coolants and pop the hood and do all that responsible thing.
Well, I don't mean to be critical, but really, you could be more certain
of what's going on if you pop the hood every once in a while and check
your fluid levels. This can be easily done at home, preferably in the
relative warmth of your garage, and then do fluid top-offs WHEN you do
those checks. That way when such a light comes on, you KNOW something is
wrong, and don't just drive along guessing that it's a minor issue.
Also, I would gladly take the cold sting of pulling over, checking my
coolant levels and finding the nearest service or gas station, when the
alternative is to risk my car breaking down and waiting in the freezing
cold for an hour or more, while my tow shows up (remember, no coolant
and no engine also equals no interior heat.. though you might get by
with sitting on the bumper and letting your overheated engine warm you
up, campfire style). :)
Besides I have seen
light before and most of the times it will go away.
Now, see, just because a warning light goes away doesn't mean the
problem has permanently fixed itself. While a light going out MAY mean
that the problem is at best TEMPORARILY resolved, it also means that
something still went wrong and needs to be looked at.
I stopped and waited for about 30 minutes before pouring anything into
as those books say u don't want to put any cold fluid into the engine
when its hot.
Good idea. Pouring cold liquids into a superheated radiator is asking
Anyway he re-tightens the hoses and every thing, put new coolant in and
I am driving my car again.
I would've had him do a compression test while it was there.that way you
would've known before you drove off if there was a problem.
My BIGGEST concerns now though is whether or not the engine actually
overheated and damage
anything that I am not aware of.? Should I have it thoroughly checked?
Yes! And check your oil and coolant. If you find oil in the coolant or
coolant in the oil, then you've got trouble.
can I take my chance and
drive this thing without any worry?
Well, that's entirely up to you. Some people enjoy living by the seat of
their pants. I prefer being reasonably certain that my car isn't about
to leave me stranded.
Its winter now in Canada and its cold,
I don't want to be stuck
on the highway in some far-flung corner of the province.
Than you've pretty much answered your own question. :)
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