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Old 10-05-2014, 02:18 PM   #1
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Unhappy Coolant hose popped off... How screwed am I?

Hi everyone...

I was about a mile from home when I saw a spray of coolant come out from under the hood. The low coolant light came on but went away, so I (stupidly) decided to nurse it home.

Turns out the tab from the reservoir going to the hose that leads to the water pump had broken and the hose was loose. I'm going to redo the entire system since I just hit 100k and it was overdue anyways, but my question is...

How likely is it that the motor was overheated and is now FUBAR? Drove it for around 3 minutes, and there was still some coolant dripping from the tank so it wasn't bone dry... Temp gauge didn't budge but I'm not convinced it was reading anything since the pump might not have had any coolant in it...
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Old 10-05-2014, 02:33 PM   #2
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$500 for the engine lol..

Buy a hose,put it on. . Refill with water mixed with the left over coolant and drive... if it was overheated and engine toasted you'll notice coolant out the tailpipe and if water anywhere up stream you'll get misfire,hesitation. .

But best bet is a compression test with a rented tool from auto store near by.

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Old 10-05-2014, 02:59 PM   #3
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Did you keep an eye out on your temp gauge at all? If it was in the red it's iffy if it's done or not.

Replace both hoses, water pump, thermostat and tank. Price will be around $250 or so and can be done at home in under two hours if you really take your time.

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Old 10-05-2014, 03:04 PM   #4
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Temp gauge didn't budge. Think I'll do the cooling system and hope for the best...
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Old 10-08-2014, 01:08 AM   #5
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Repair the hose, run the car for a week and see if it's mysteriously losing coolant from unknown source. Then if everything is good, then go for the overhaul
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The engine temp sensor is on the block on the intake side of cylinder 6 - pretty far from the water pump. If the temp gauge didn't budge, there's pretty good chance that there's no damage due to overheating...
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