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Old 06-29-2010, 02:26 PM
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Well... I bit the bullet and towed (chain behind wife's minivan) my 240D to a local indie. After all of your wonderful comments, I too concluded that it was the rear freeze plug, and not a job I could do with my limited tools and time (3 year and 2 year old sons). I will let y'all know what the verdict is and I humbly appreciate all of your responses. I just bought the 240D, and drove it back from Cali. It needs some TLC, but I live in a small desert town, and only have a 5 mile commute to work. It has 140k on it with a Lovecraft Vegi conversion kit (don't beat me up too bad for that one). I am in the process of getting her cleaned up (i.e. fluid changes and such). I am happy to have found this forum and look forward to future discussions.
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Old 06-30-2010, 06:00 PM
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coolant leak solved

Ok, I got my 240d back from the indie, and yes there was what he described as a "larger than pin sized" hole in the rear freeze plug. He replaced it, and told me he added the gallon of Zerex G0-5 coolant I left in the front seat. He said that they ran the engine in the shop, and there were no leaks. What was strange is that also sitting in the front seat were two fresh gallons of distilled water I had left, still full. Well on the short ride home (@ 2 miles), the temp guage started climbing higher than usual. I pulled over and gingerly cracked the radiator cap and released the pressure. Looking into the radiator, I saw no liquid in it whatsoever. Only a couple of blocks from home, and still within operating temps, I limped her home and parked her again releasing the rad cap and letting her sit until cool. Once she was cooled to the touch, I added a full gallon of distilled water to the radiator and ran it until warm. I went for a drive, and the temp guage never passed 90C. I guess this is just another example of if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself. In the shop man's defense, he did tell me that not haveing an expansion tank, I should check the fluid and top it off if needed. I just didn't figure it would be on the ride home, nor would topping off mean adding a gallon. Thanks again to all who responded.
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:38 AM
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That`s good you are back up and running. next time you drop some coolant and distilled water, pour 1/2 of the go-5 in another gallon jug. then fill both jugs with the water. now you have your 50/50 mix, and no guess work for the shop.

Adding a gallon of water? the shop wasn`t doing their job, might have to add a little. sounds like the mechanic dumped in the coolant and forgot the water.

I guessed right on the freeze plug , now if I could just pick the right Lottery #`s .

there were three HP ratings on the OM616...

1) Not much power
2) Even less power
3) Not nearly enough power!! 240D w/auto

Anyone that thinks a 240D is slow drives too fast.

80 240D Naturally Exasperated, 4-Spd 388k DD 150mph spedo 3:58 Diff

We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works
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