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bad to worse, help needed

Hi all, disaster has struck, the wife has managed to drive the car with no coolant in it, temp shot up to max, and system failure came on. Its sat outside cooling down, but ain't sure where to start.
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Leave it for 24 hours to properly cool down, fill with coolant, change oil, change filters, check block for any cracks etc, then start and see what happens.

Although I'm sure someone else will be along with a more definitive list soon
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Looks like top rad pipe had come off, didn't lose all its coolant. Topped expansion tank up, didn't take much to get it back upto level. Hoping it ain't major. Run it up for a bit with expansion cap off to try and bleed it. Seemed ok, or am i just hoping. Stopped at 90 degrees too. It shows engine management light when starting tho. Thanks.
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EML will probably stay on for a number of start cycles as it's logged a fault. Good to hear it seems okay though
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Yeah EM has now gone on start-up, took it down motorway and it sat at 80, showing 4 thou revs. Pulls up outside house, thought it was on fire, the amount of steam coming from under the bonnet, hopefully it will dry out. Thanks. Fingers crossed for starting it tommoz.
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She just wanted to get home! Mechanical sympathy is in short supply.
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I wouldn't bother spending any money on it. Fix the leak, fill with coolant and see how it goes. Metal head gaskets don't like overheating so if its not failed now it will almost certainly go in a few hundred miles. If it got very hot the head is probably distorted as well.
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Top rad pipe came off again! Big temp again. Stupid clip on pipe is to weak to hold it on, why don't they use good lad old fashioned jubilee clips, penny pinching, and time saving on production line i guess. Just been down scrap yard and got one off an 02, completely different pipe and connector, it clicked on a lot more solidly, the name on it is conti pipe, the old badly designed one is trelleborg, 2002 ones must have had more money available.
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I might be wrong but I think clips are one use only? I replaced my top rad pipe and just put jubilee clips on instead.
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Yes, I'd guess someone has attempted to reuse the original chose clip.
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Why dont you just use a Jubilee clamp.?
Dont forget to bleed the rad before starting the engine, there is a bleed screw on the end of it.

The hose blowing off is worrying, is it just a bad clip or maybe its pressurizing the cooling system, once its filled, bled and run up to temperature feel how hard the top hose is, it will have a bit of pressure but if its solid you have a problem.
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I might be wrong but I think clips are one use only? I replaced my top rad pipe and just put jubilee clips on instead.
+1!!!!

They are single use only! Replace with a Jubilee!

I didn't realise this had happened! D:

If you don't replace with a Jubilee/ can't find one then please buy another! They never seal ever again!
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Not much room to get a jubilee on it, my mechanic mate came with me to the scrap yard, when we fitted pipe on it was much tighter. I also lockwired it to something solid! The clip on the old one was definitely weak. The car sat perfectly at 90 degrees all day, but when pipe came loose it crept up. Wouldn't expect it to blow a pipe off if it wasn't for a weak clip, it would blow the vent on the expansion bottle first, that is rated at 1.4 bar or 22psi, not massive pressure. Anyway fingers crossed.
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