I got a crack in my radiator. Put on a sealant recommended by auto parts store, and put in antifreeze. Ran ok for 1 week. Then, on a cold morning, 29 degrees, drove car 3 miles. I had smoke coming from engine and it smelled on burning antifreeze. After the car cooled, I noticed the fill tank was empty, so I put in water. It was now about 45 degrees outside. I drove for about 1 1/2 miles, then noticed car was starting to overheat. Stopped and let car cool down. NO water had left the fill tank. I tried to drive car home about 2 miles when the car was cool. Car thermostat started to heat up again. Did not get to red mark, but the car engine suddenly died, and "check engine" light came on. Engine was hot because I had smoke coming off of engine again. I tried to restart the car, but it will not completely turn over. It cranks, but does not catch. Still won't start though totally cool now. No water left the fill tank, so I am assuming the engine overheated. QUESTION: Will just replacing the radiator solve the problem, or is the engine wrecked? I can buy a new radiator because I have someone who will install it for $25, but I cannot afford to take car to a mechanic this month if I also have to pay for a diagnosis. Money is very tight.
have the same problem?
Monday, November 23rd, 2015 AT 5:32 PM