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Old 12-22-2011, 06:58 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by dmax View Post
...and I'm serious about the driving. Although you could be fine doing that, you could be very unfine. It's not worth the risk. Pay attention to the temp gauge...

If it ever does begin to overheat, pull over, turn key to pos 2, heater on highest temp, fan on max speed, three red dots...to help pull some of the heat out of the engine...the heater core is a second radiator...it'll help a little bit to mitigate any damage that might otherwise be caused from overheating.

You're far safer thinking it's more risky to drive than thinking it's fine because some here have said it's fine. I don't know that we know enough to guess; thus, if you're going to err, do so on the side of caution--which side doesn't have a $1000+ repair ticket!
Again, advice taken seriously. Thanks for all your care DMax, i appreciate it. I'll let you know how this all turns out in the near future!
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:10 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by SPDSKTR View Post
Serious question, OP. How old are you? We need to know so we can better explain things about these cars to you. I've learned a great deal about the E46 in the year I've owned it, but even since I was 12, I knew what a "low coolant" light was.
Cmon spdskter let's not completely throw him under the bus.

His age is 18-22 I'm guessing.

OP you are lucky to have your Dad abuse the crap out of his shop. I wish I had access to a lift!

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