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February 21st, 2008
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  • 12:23 Only a dribble of coolant in the reservoir is bad, right? Location: side of the road, Reston, VA. #
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From:grizzlydan
Date:February 22nd, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
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From:c1
Date:February 22nd, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
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Um... yes. On the good/bad scale, that would register as being firmly in the "bad" category.
Now if that dribble had some friends in the reservoir, then the scale would start to register toward neutral territory, and if it had a LOT of friends, then you'd probably see that scale pretty deeply entrenched in the "good" category.

But yeah, I'd prolly let the car rest for awhile. Y'know, at least until you can give the reservoir a drink.

One hot August afternoon, I drove home from work in my (then) 10 year old car (factory radiator!), with the windows down and the heat on full-tilt. You can imagine what the radiator looked like when I finally managed to get it to the mechanic the next day. He was utterly astonished I was able to drive it even that much without seizing the engine.
There were palm-sized gaps where the fins had fallen off over time (yay, NE winters!!) and the hole in the bottom was pencil-sized: somehow, a piece of rust had gotten stuck, which kept me from blowing out all my coolant at once.
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From:happypete
Date:February 22nd, 2008 07:27 am (UTC)

yeah, apparently this was all on the front end...

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the collant system itself was nearly full.

two words: "throttle bodies."
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From:wordwelder
Date:February 22nd, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
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Umm, yeah, bad. As in Not Good.

*hugs* Hope you dealt okay!
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From:happypete
Date:February 22nd, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)

Throttle Body...

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...bummer...we're working on it...
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