Today I filled the coolant reservoir with water cause it was low and I forgot to put the cap back on, I drove from granada hills a little passed santa clarita on the freeway till I noticed I couldn't accelerate any faster past 60mph, my engine light came on and flashed a few times then turned off, I coasted off the off ramp, which was only a few feet away from where I was, turned my car off and lifted the hood and tons of steam was rising from the reservoir and just the engine from all the water having sprayed everywhere. I waited and added more water, tried turning my car on again, wouldn't start. A couple hours later I came back, everything was cooled off, I added water and filled the radiator full, tried to turn on the car, all you hear is the starter trying to turn over. Did I seize up my engine. Blow a head gasket. Or do I need coolant with oil in it to fix this? I'm so upset this happened. My engine was probably as hot as the sun when this happened. I drive a 1999 ford taurus. What could be the main problem?
Sunday, March 17th, 2013 AT 5:34 AM