[MR2] MKI filling coolant
telek2 at att.net
Tue Jan 27 16:22:30 EST 2009
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From: "Benn" <karhu at california.com>
> I suspect the damage is done. Don't be surprised if it now uses oil (due to
> rings having lost tension) and a blown head gasket in the offing. At least
> that's what happened to our Mk I after driving it an estimated couple to
> several miles with minimal coolant left.. Ours uses about 1 qt per 600
> miles now.
Keep your fingers crossed. I had an '89 severely overheat because it
didn't have any antifreeze (used car, PO didn't add any, I didn't check,
rarely freezes here, dumb move). I nursed it home for about 10 miles,
running it until the temp gauge started to climb, then shutting it down
until it cooled off again. Initial symptom is when SO noticed huge amounts
of steam coming from the engine.
Dodged a bullet, car continued to run fine for several years. It's now
a donor car due to a hydroplaning incident.
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