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Last night driving the 7.5 miles home from work, I was almost home when I realised there was no heat coming from the blowers. I glanced over to the engine temp where the needle was at max. I checked under the bonnet and noticed I had no coolant and there appears to be a leak coming from the (very corroded) radiator.

I hope I haven't damaged the engine as I don't know how far I had been driving the car like that but my immediate problem is the radiator. I knew I needed a new one anyway I just didn't think I'd need it so soon. I was prepared to tackle the radiator myself after being quoted around £350 by my local specialist but after reading this forum and another, I've confused myself.

I've read that I should also replace the thermostat at the same time but I may also have damaged the water pump so should replace that??!?!? Can anyone offer any advice please?

Thanks in advance.
 

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i would be more worried about head gasket damage.It is advisable to replace the thermostat as well but not essential.Get a block test done to see if the head or gasket have been damaged
 

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Re-fill the coolant with water and run the car, do a chemical head gasket test before bothering to change the radiator. There's no point changing the radiator if the head gasket is knackered and it probably will be if you ran at max temp with no coolant in it for any length of time.
 

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sounds like I'll be towing the car to a specialist tomorrow then :cry: from a quick search it would appear the head gasket is a big, expensive problem
 

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this happend to my 1.8 t spark, about a month ago, i lost power, an herd a dodgy crackling noise coming from the engine bay, popped the bonnet check water, it was totally dry, so topped up an tried to start car, water jst poured out of the radiator, had to get it towed home, local garage check it, an the water had got into the engine, no compression, hence the engine was ****ED! had to source a new engine an get it fitted. anyways good luck an hope the same hasent happened to urs.
 

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This should be a lesson to people, but I doubt they will listen.. :rolleyes:

If something needs replacing, REPLACE IT, don't wait for it to have a catastrophic failure which effectively writes off the car

All it needed was a new rad and that would have been a quick low cost job. :rolleyes: (again :mad:)
 

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unfortunately for it to have been a quick low cost job I'd have to have carried out the work myself for which I have not had the time or weather since I was told toward the end of November that I would need one before the next service in November 2012 (being told that didn't make it sound like an essential job)!!! I don't consider £350+ to be low cost, if I did I certainly wouldn't be driving an 11 year old car probably only worth little more than double that! Yes it may end up costing me more now but as I say, I was unaware of the catastrophic consequences of radiator failure, now I am I'll be sure not to let anything like that happen again :rolleyes:
 
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