Hello again Mercedes people,
Yesterday, while reaching into the back seat of my 1986 190e to help my
2 year old handle an egg salad sandwich, my car rolled into the stopped
car in front of me.
There is a slight bit of damage to my grill, and the hood is a hair
bent, but otherwise the car appears perfect.
I noticed that during the rest of the day, the temp seemed to elevate
above normal (usually 80c when driving or idling on a chilly day). On
occasion in the past the temperature would go up to about 110c when I
was stuck in traffic, but never otherwise.
I am having a hard time figuring out what might have happened is such a
minor collision to cause this?
The car isn't leaking anything, so it's not a coolant level issue.
I have three theories, none of which I particularly like.
1) Somehow the collision loosened scale in the radiator which is
limiting it's efficiency
2) Somehow the water pump was damaged.
3) Somehow the thermostat was damaged.
Now, none of these seem all that reasonable to me, but I need some
explanation for this behavior?
Thanks for any ideas or trouble shooting possible theories?
Thanks in advance,
PS The car does not seem to overheat (as of yet) reaching 110c max.