Irresponsible ownership?

Tiny
TAM1
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HI. I need help. My son has a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 135,0000 miles. Fast forward to me getting in his car on Friday. Hearing the dinging of a gauge that reads "check gauge". When I asked what that was he said" That happens all the time and means nothing" Ok so he's 18 now and I figure should be responsible so. Fast forward to later. It overheats (middle of downtown rush hour) 1/2 block away from gas station in bumper to bumper. He wants me to drive now cause he's scared. We make it to station.I look under hood release and realize the overfill for tank is BONE DRY. Hmm no coolant = overheating right? We wait on advice of a helpful guy (NOT employee of station) who said wait, let it cool down and filled it. We did & it started. Got on freeway, car started to rattle, I tried to get to off ramp(there was really no pull over the is a small freeway and my friend watched someone get hit by a car on a freeway like this.I was afraid for our safety barely made it, broke down again and had to be towed(would not start after cool down). The head gasket possibly is broken now. Could this have been avoided by listen to the car and checking fluid (as everyone in family has said on a weekly basis) or as he says my fault for driving it. This is causing a BIG problem, so I appreciate any insight.
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Monday, December 11th, 2006 AT 2:32 PM

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Tiny
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Hey Tam,
Ouch. OK. So its opinion time hmmmm not sure if I want in on this one. Ahhhhhh what the heck. Simplified:

1. Check Engine Light comes on, car goes in for diagnosis/repairs. Theres a reason for the light and when it comes on there is a problem.

2. Car overheats once, stop, do not drive again till its properly repaired. Head gasket jobs are expensive!

3. Weekly fluid checks are a must and the owner is responsible for this. Most folks just get in and drive till theres a problem, never pop the hood to check anything till its oil change time, if at all.

As to your case. It may simply be a case of a failed thermostat causing the overheat or not, we'll never know

Thats my opinion, I'm a big promoter of preventative maintenance and allot of times you avoid serious issues because of this. I'd better stop lest I get blasted by the forum. Sorry guys.

Chris
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Monday, December 11th, 2006 AT 2:50 PM
Tiny
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Thanks Chris.I really appreciate it. I wanted him to see another educated opinion (since he doesn't beleive the mechanic working on it). That is why preventative maintainence is ALWAYS a good thing. It could have NEVER happened!Y
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Monday, December 11th, 2006 AT 3:00 PM
Tiny
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Tam,
My pleasure! (Sorry 'bout the rant LOL)

Chris
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Monday, December 11th, 2006 AT 3:20 PM

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