While driving I heard a bang saw smoke and then my car stalled out

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GAZ198181
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  • 2003 MITSUBISHI L200
  • 35,000 MILES
Was driving alone when a bang and smoke and it stalled on me to a stop. Upon checking I have a four inch split in the top radiator pipe.
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Sunday, December 25th, 2016 AT 2:12 PM

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STEVE W.
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Replace both of the radiator hoses, then run a pressure check on the cooling system to be sure nothing else is leaking. The hose may have simply failed from age and the constant pressure in the system. The pressure test will show if there is another problem.
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Sunday, December 25th, 2016 AT 5:10 PM
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JOHNNY G.JR
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Check both heater hoses also, Have radiator cap pressure tested it might be faulty. A dye can be placed in cooling system and hard to find leaks can be detected with a black light, head gasket, hose connections, heater core, radiator etc.
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Sunday, December 25th, 2016 AT 7:28 PM
Tiny
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Thanks, I have ordered up rated pipes so hoping this fixes problem since it happen I have tried turning over and nothing here the starter motor that is.
I did think perhaps it lost coolant but before it went bang no signs of overheating just the bang and stopped. I will take advice and get back to you. Thank you
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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 AT 2:07 PM
Tiny
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Hoping to get all good as new.
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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 AT 2:09 PM
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STEVE W.
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Nice truck. Hope it all works out.
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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 AT 6:28 PM
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JOHNNY G.JR
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Place a socket wrench on harmonic balancer pulley bolt and see if motor rotates by hand, Pull plugs to make it easier
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Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 AT 9:24 PM
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KEN
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Hey,

Did you ever get the problem fixed?

Best, Ken
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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 AT 12:27 PM
Tiny
GAZ198181
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Hi had a compression test after fitting updated new top an bottom hose an told there one fault it has a hole in the head so thinking getting new one an while in bits New cam belt balance belt an water pump any idea the costs
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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 AT 1:22 PM
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Do you think cheaper to get a new engine or update to 3litre v6 or deal with thus an run for a while
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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 AT 1:24 PM
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STEVE W.
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Likely cheaper to repair what you have. Find a good head and go from there.

Engine swaps these days can be a PIA when you discover that the wiring and controls all have to be changed or discover that the trans you have doesn't work with the "new" engine.
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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 AT 2:54 PM
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Ok thanks
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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 AT 2:56 PM
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GAZ198181
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Got my l200 running after costs over a grand head an gasket water pump balance belt radiator an hoses
Now I have a coolant leak loads just came out been driving well then went to fill up fuel an coolant came out doesn't seem to be hosed an Temp rises so now need get to bottom of this
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Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 AT 11:53 AM
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STEVE W.
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Sorry to hear that. Always seems like something has to cause a problem. Can you see where the leak is? Hope it's nothing more than a bad clamp or failed connector. Good Luck. Keep us informed.
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Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 AT 12:47 PM
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It floated out heater went up an looks like it at back off engine somewhere defo coolant all red
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Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 AT 3:14 PM

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