Also, if your engine is at all salvagable, your initial problem might not have been due to a leaky radiator, but rather to a faulty thermostat, which caused the engine to overheat, which built up steam, and possibly blew out an old radiator. However, it could have also been due to a faulty radiator that just leaked out the coolant, which caused the engine to overheat.
If you intend to save your engine, replace both the radiator and the thermostat. Your engine will also likely need a head gasket, and all new bearings. The crank might have to be turned down a bit, though if all that happened was that the bearings melted, the crank might still be salvagable as-is. It's usually a good idea to start with fresh bearing journals when replacing main bearings, though.
Thursday, September 20th, 2007 AT 4:41 PM