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05-22-2003, 11:02 AM
I took my car to the dealer two weeks ago and paid 150 bucks to do the coolant system flush. Well, last night, it overheats like crazy, and wont come down. This morning, I start it to drive to th dealer, and nothing. i let it idle for 10 minutes at the dealer, nothing. I go to leave, since i can't duplicate the problem, and it overheats before i leave the lot. So, I take it back, they take a look, and tell me I've got gunk in my radiator and my motor, and its not letting the coolant Flow. WTF? Didn't i just pay you to fix that???? they tell me my radiator has to be taken off and clean professionally. Well, I call the local Jiffy lube, and they say they pour some gumout in the motor, and let it clean everything out, and it flushes the system. 50 bucks. Worth the money? Think it will help? Anything else i can do? :confused:
05-22-2003, 02:26 PM
I would threaten the dealer with going to the Bureau of Automotive Affairs. Because, they should have detected any obstruction during the radiator flush. Apparently they didn't do a very good job and they just want more of your money. I think that's...:bsflag:
05-22-2003, 02:41 PM
One more thing, I think what Jiffy Lube is trying to sell you is an engine flush which won't affect the radiator.
05-22-2003, 09:25 PM
Yea they ripped you off. You can take the lower rad hose off and take your garden hose and spray it out. You should see some junk coming out if there is any in there, check and see if there is anything blocking the front of the rad. And maybe try a new stat, and go back to the dealer and see if your foot fits up his ass.
05-22-2003, 10:46 PM
Make sure to check your shoes size to his ass. Sounds like the just drained your system filled ut up and sent you on the way.
A proper flush for a radiator is to Flush it in the opposite(reverse) direction that the coolant normally flows. I find it e best to pull the radiator. then you can tilt it in all angles and flush it well. I also use a rubber mallet and GENTLY tap on the ends of the radiator. This will help losen any particles inside. While the radiaotr is out I also remove the stat and flush the engine.
The only other alternative is to bring it to a radiator shop and have them rod it out. What they do is basically take the end caps off and shove a rod through all the tubes to clear them of sediments. They can usually tell you what precentage of the radiator was blocked also.
I would protest the dealer ship about not flushing it properly.
05-23-2003, 08:48 AM
Yeah, I'm going to have to have a talk with the manager at the dealer for sure.
Get this. Wanna know what I think my problem was?? My WATER PUMP. I pulled it off last night, and some teeth on the inside where the spindle turns it look like they've been worn down. I hope thats what it was, cause i pulled that bad boy already, might as well replace it. I broke the heads off some bolts too, so a new one would save me from drilling the bolts out. :)
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