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Old 01-08-2011, 11:53 AM   #1
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So I went out to go somewher this morning and on my way my temp climbed

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Your heater core is frozen, that will take a while to clear out.
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and you dont want to mess with heaters or stuff like that if it slowly thaws you may be able to save it.
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yup it thawed and heats inside fine now, i just freaked out a little bit, drained all water and replaced with full system of 50/50
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Bet you don't do that again.
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You are a VERY lucky man!
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I'm guessing it just got slushy. Otherwise a freeze plug would have popped.
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you are very very lucky you didn't do any damage to the block !! keep an eye on the levels for a while and see if you are losing any coolant
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I will keep an eye on it, I stopped the car for a little bit and heard all the water starting to slosh and bubble into the block
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Update, I looked in my resevoir and it was empty, thankfully its still below freezing out. I saw coolant slashed up on the ac condenser and all over the passenger drive axle... are there freeze plugs in that area that could have leaked sprayed?
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