Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: CT, USA
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Re: What happens if I run without coolant??
You might make a couple of miles before your engine siezes, if you're lucky.
When I got my CJ5 I junked the Datsun pickup it replaced. It had a bad rod knock and was so rusty it wasn't worth fixing, so the junkman would give me $25 if I drove it in. 'Bout 1/4 mile from my house the noise got worse, I glanced in my mirror and saw nothing but white smoke (well, steam, really). Uh-oh. Looks like I threw the rod. Temp gauge creeping upward. 1 mile from my house, no more steam now, gauge near max, engine's running REAL rough. 1-1/2 miles, pumping the gas while at a red light to keep it from stalling (did I mentioned I'd replaced the good battery (which I needed for the CJ) with a totally dead one, so no chance of a restart?). 2 miles, another red light, barely running, temp gauge is pegged and really alarming noises coming from the engine, don't dare to stop now, I ran right through the red light (lucky nobody was coming the other way). Downhill all the way now..... 3 miles from home, rolled accross Rt. 1 without stopping, coasted into the junkman's lot as the engine died, doubtless forever [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]. Got my $25, though, and never looked back [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
In England, the cops say, 'Halt or I'll say halt again!'