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Old 03-12-2005, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I had a mechanic replace my coolant resvoir about 2 months ago he said it was cracked
Since then my coolant level check light has gone on and off.

Now 3 days ago my temp gauge went to hot and the car spew coolant from the bottom.
I went and got coolant put it in a whole jug of it! That fixed the problem temporarily
Yesterday I noticed smoke coming from the grill and the temp gauge was back at hot. So I decided to turn on the heat to try cooling the engine, but the heat did not come on.
Later that day the heat worked again. And the temp gauge was normal

Now the bad part, today the gauge went to hot, the car started driving rough, and it started to die. I dont know much about engines but I think it the pistons were making noises like they were struggling to move.

Any guesses, did the mechanic mess something up when he replaced the resevoir. THe car is sitting until it can get looked at, something I should of did yesterday!
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it sounds like amybe there were air pockets int he cooling system when the expansion tank was replaced nad probably when it over flowed was when all the air worked it's way out. but buy continuing to drive it with the even more air pockets in the system it casued it to over heat even more. if the engine was strugling to crank that is defiantly not a good sign. sounds like you'll nned a new engine.
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you got oil in there? is it milky with a white color? doesnt sound good.
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I would take it back the mechanic that replaced your reservoir, and tell him to fix it. A cracked resevoir is no where near the problem you have now, I would hold him responsible for what has happened unless he can prove otherwise.
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If he installed it wrong, he's liable, no matter what excuse he gives you when you go back to him.
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komodo9's right, either take it back and get it fixed right or get your money back!
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