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Old 03-26-2010, 06:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm about to go to my mechanic to buy a new radiator. He is about 7 miles/15 minutes away.

Can I make it? Should I try it? I dont wanna damage the engine in the least.

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Old 03-26-2010, 07:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you have AAA, just tow it. 3 miles is free and after that you are pro-rated. If not, still tow it. Is a cracked block, head, cylinder, or anything else really worth you being cheap? Seriously, just tow it and be done.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's not so much as being cheap, its actually having absolutely no money.
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15 minutes will make it overheat, if its leaking bad. How bad is the leaking? You could do it, but depending on how much fluid your losing it could take some time. Bring like 6 gallons of water with you and just keep filling it. If the temperature goes above 3/4, you have to stop and let it cool down. Good luck
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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.......You have no money but you're taking it to a mechanic. You can risk the drive, but as soccer said, you better take plenty of water with you. I would check first to see if your mechanic can tow it to his place first.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The mechanic is actually my girlfriends step-father, so it's no charge. He does amazing work. Thing is he wanted to look at it first before I buy the radiator. I looked at it myself and I'm just gonna buy it tomorrow morning and drive a bit and have it towed the rest of the way. lol

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I've had to drive quite a few miles a few times w/out coolant. I usually get up to around 50-60 and shut the car off and coast to about 30-35, pop the clutch and do it again. It keeps the temp in check.
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umm if it's your girlfriends stepfather just have him come and drop the radiator off while you're bangin her...
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I've had to drive quite a few miles a few times w/out coolant. I usually get up to around 50-60 and shut the car off and coast to about 30-35, pop the clutch and do it again. It keeps the temp in check.
My route is a congested highway with a speed limit of 35 mph. Could never pull that off. lol!
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It's not so much as being cheap, its actually having absolutely no money.
How much is the radiator?? Also why dont you just put it in yourself..Its rather easy.
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