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Old 02-15-2015, 06:38 PM   #21
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Yea, a little bit of car trouble, stupidity, and not thinking about the little things lead to this.
The week after I bought my ZHP we had a night in the mid teens in Georgia and I was nervous as hell because I knew it had a lot of maintenance neglect and I couldn't tell what (if any) coolant was in it. I was doing a full cooling system replacement the next week so I didn't want to flush it...I got lucky though no ice in the tank in the morning
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:04 PM   #22
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Yea, it is gonna be sad if mine is cracked. I will always remember to put antifreeze in it from now on, that's for sure
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:01 PM   #23
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Yea, it is gonna be sad if mine is cracked. I will always remember to put antifreeze in it from now on, that's for sure

The bigger question that you haven't explained is why is the car overheating on a weekly basis and why haven't you done anything about it? If you aren't willing to maintain your car correctly then go buy something that you can just change the oil every 5k miles and drive it. Seriously man, I'm not at all joking. These cars aren't for everyone and if you don't want to do the maintenance then just find something else so you don't have to mess with it. Everyone knows how easily these cars destroy an engine from overheating and here you just let it go and it actually got to this point after having weeks and weeks, if not months and months, of warnings from the car telling you that it needs some attention.
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:40 PM   #24
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Needs a cooling fan, could be underlying issues. I have no absolute idea why it overheats. This engine could have been toast for awhile. Put an estimated 2500 into it so far and it was getting better until the other night. I also don't make a lot of money and can't send it to garages all the time.
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Old 02-15-2015, 09:01 PM   #25
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Needs a cooling fan, could be underlying issues. I have no absolute idea why it overheats. This engine could have been toast for awhile. Put an estimated 2500 into it so far and it was getting better until the other night. I also don't make a lot of money and can't send it to garages all the time.

If the engine is good then all you need is $800 to refresh every part associated with the cooling system on the car. Installing those parts and bleeding the system properly will fix all your issues. Again that's if the engine doesn't have a bad head gasket or other damage because of running hot. You really need to not drive this car until you figure this out. If it's not a bad motor and you start driving it again while its overheating on you frequently you will do some major damage eventually and instead of costing $800 to refresh the cooling system it's gonna run you thousands to replace the motor.
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Old 02-16-2015, 12:37 AM   #26
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I really dont understand that bit if you drove car regurally with overheating. Why you dont found out which was causing it?
Waterpump & thermostat cost maybe 100$ and then 50/50 coolant 10$ more. Correct bleeding and i am quite sure you dont have any more overheating problems.

In this morning we had -14fahrenheit (-26celsius).. we have to take extra care here with antifreeze mix. My cars do have -40celsius fluids. I do recommend optical model antifreeze mix tester.

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Old 02-16-2015, 02:31 AM   #27
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When I got the car I replaced water puppy and thermostat.
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:09 AM   #28
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OP, I think you said your fan wasn't working. It could be the fan clutch instead of the whole fan. If that needs replacing, I would go ahead and do the belts, pulleys and tensioners while you are in there.

I live in Springfield (not very far from you) and I believe it got down to 15 degrees F Saturday night. Perhaps you had enough coolant in the system to your fluid mix from freezing. I would definitely keep a jug of 50/50 or straight anti-freeze in the car until you stop the leaks/overheating.

I bet your battery was a bit weak when you tried to start the car yesterday.

Get this stuff fixed my friend!
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:11 AM   #29
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Maybe I'm a high-functioning retard but ---

HOW IN GODS NAME DO YOU GET YOURSELF IN THE SITUATION WHERE YOUR COOLANT IS FREEZING WITHOUT LIVING ON MARS!?

Its called Anti-Freeze for a reason. This is something you should have done in like November -- make sure and check your coolant. God it only got down it 20 F here this year, I was 5 away from purchasing block heaters.
He's in TN, some parts of which can get quite cold regularly. If it was mostly water in his car, then he really didn't have anti-freeze in it.
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:11 AM   #30
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I've actually only seen "freeze plugs" rust out and be a general pain in the ass...never do their intended function
...because those plugs are not "freeze" plugs but rather casting plugs. The holes are necessary for casting purposes. They never will stop a block from cracking due to freezing.

If the coolant in the expansion tank was "slush", then I would simply hope that the temp did not get cold enough to freeze the water hard in the block/head and all will be fine. The pump might have survived a "slushy" condition. Also, coolant has many purposes (as compared to water) such as lower freezing point, raise boiling point, lubricate water pump bearing, and of course deter corrosion.

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Old 03-28-2015, 02:48 AM   #31
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So if any one wants a little update on the life of my car, here it is. My car sat in my friends drive way for a month and a half or so and 2 weeks ago I had it towed to my house. I topped off the coolant with water before it got towed to see how vad and if there were any water leaks, and when it got home there was a puddle of water on the bed of the tow truck. So at this point I know there is a water leak and that was about it. So the next day I attempt to jump start the car and viola, it turns over. So I top off the coolant and drive to my friends garage. We did a compression test and all the cylinders have good compression (at least from what I read on some website).
Every cylinder is between 149 and 153 if I recall correctly, I have them written down but am to lazy to get up and read them. Now my car is sitting in my driveway again, waiting for my new expansion tank as that's were it's leaving from. All I need now is a new fan, to solve my squeaky belt, put in my new expansion tank, that is if it ever gets here , and re bleed the cooling system with more antifreeze than last time. I'll post another update when something else happens, if people are interested of course.
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Old 03-28-2015, 04:11 AM   #32
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Fozen water in the cooling system can also crack the heater inside the cabin.
Bear that in mind if there is a coolant loss from undetectable spot.
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Old 03-28-2015, 04:14 AM   #33
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Thanks I will.
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Old 03-28-2015, 03:34 PM   #34
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I looked at what the compression numbers are and the were actually between 142 and 151. Cyl. 1 - 148, Cyl. 2 - 150, Cyl. 3 - 145, Cyl. 4 - 142, Cyl. 5 - 142, Cyl. 6 - 151.
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Old 03-31-2015, 03:20 PM   #35
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Today I put on my ne expansion tank and found that the drain plug thing that the expansion tank goes on is got a little leak, and the upper radiator hose has a leak. I ordered those parts and am going to do a quick k repair for today to see if the car can drive for a little while without overheating.
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