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Old 04-30-2001, 08:39 AM
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I would make the tempprary repairs suggested by Scott and check the condition of the engine before making extexsive purchases. Depending on how long your daughter drove the car without colant, you could be looking at a head gasket minimum or a completely fried block. Don't want to alarm you, but I hate surprises!

Good luck!
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Old 04-30-2001, 08:44 AM
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It sounds like it all happened as she pulled up the driveway, she had the sense to stop the car quickly. I have since started it up to check and its sounds OK (for now). I will be checking it out myself for a couple of days once its fixed as I don't want her driving anything that could breakdown away from home.

1990 124, 300E 2.6 (daughter)
2004 Cayenne S, Fabspeed Cat Bypass, BMC Racing Filter
2000 Lexus RX 300 (Wife)
Retired 1999 ML430
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Old 05-03-2001, 12:55 PM
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Thanks for the help, I got the parts from FASTLANE, transmission fluid from MB.

The job went very well apart from the lower hose reconnection on the radiator, next time I will try to put the hose on first before I put it in. Anyone else who tries make sure you have a small 9mm wrench for tightening up the MB clip (other brands will not be the same size).

Also the "part" that's left !! is the longest of rubber strips that came off the old rad.

The 2 smaller ones were obviously from the bottom, but the long one dropped off the old rad as I removed it. I could not find a picture to show me where it goes so I will have to fit it when I find out.

Otherwise the job is easy compared to other domestics (US AND UK) I have worked on. I particularly liked the thermostat housing design. (No "gasket from tube" required).

I left the top hose off while I refilled the system to help reduce air locks which I think made a difference.

Engine temp today (92 degrees outside temp) is just over the 80 mark and stable.

I would love all of you guys to be neighbors (neighbours) of mine so I could lend a hand when you need it.

This site is awesome !

Mike Mudditt
Brit (expat)
Philadelphia Area

1990 124, 300E 2.6 (daughter)
2004 Cayenne S, Fabspeed Cat Bypass, BMC Racing Filter
2000 Lexus RX 300 (Wife)
Retired 1999 ML430
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