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Old 01-07-2012, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Great Plains
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$185 seems reasonable for labor and parts. Or spend $100 for tools $60 for a water pump and all the time to take and potential headache, there is nothing wrong with taking it to a mechanic.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Florida
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The most important class I think any high school student can take...(free)...

Is auto mechanics...don't know if they still offer it as an elective...
But if one has the chance to take that elective class, and recieve free training on auto mechanics, I would do so...I sure wish I had...

People don't realize how much 'free' training you can get in high school...cause once you get out, you have to 'pay' for it...nothings 'free' anymore, once you get out of high school...

And that's how people should look at it...
In highschool...all your training is 'free'....so take advantage of that free education and training....cause you'll never get that opportunity again...

Once your graduate...everything will 'cost' you money...that you may or may not have...
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:32 PM
 
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Blue Devil is the best cooling system chemical repair I've seen. Use a mechanic and hard part repair if you can afford. If not, Blue Devil is my recommendation.
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Butler County Ohio
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$185 seems reasonable for labor and parts. Or spend $100 for tools $60 for a water pump and all the time to take and potential headache, there is nothing wrong with taking it to a mechanic.
I agree, save yourself some grief and have the work done.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:35 AM
 
Location: New Haven, CT
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Aside from the leak. You also have to think about your coolant.

Coolants break down, they react against each other and become corrosive and accelerate wear in these parts. You need to make sure you have the right coolant and use distilled water at all times.

Certain coolants are designed for certain engines/metals, and if you use the wrong coolant, things can go wrong faster. Regular tap water from the hose has some contaminants that should not be mixed with coolant, a chemical reaction with the fluids and metals will occur.

If youve ever seen a nasty rusty gunky coolant in the radiator, this is what im talking about.

YOU also need to watch out for the DEXCCOL coolant. Im not sure what kinds of Dexcool there are but I know there are some that shouldnt be used at all, there was a whole big issue on this coolant a while back. It turns to jelly when mixed with others or something.
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Butler County Ohio
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I used Bars leak a lot with good results in my moms 1985 Plymouth Turismo. It fixed the head gasket leak for years until she traded in 1995.
Not a bad product back then, but nothing beats fixing things properly when you can.
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:46 PM
 
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I used Bars leak a lot with good results in my moms 1985 Plymouth Turismo. It fixed the head gasket leak for years until she traded in 1995.
Not a bad product back then, but nothing beats fixing things properly when you can.
You're very, very lucky - but it's sure good to hear that you had good results with it!
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Old 08-11-2013, 04:20 PM
 
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I had an engine start leaking from the water pump while I was 200 miles from home. I knew the only fix was a new water pump but used some stop leak to stop it until I could get back home and fix it myself..It was calculated gamble .
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:49 AM
 
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I got a freeze plug in the back of my 97 lincoln engine. No money to have it fixed right now. Could a stop leak help or hinder
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:34 AM
 
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Black pepper is an old wives tale. It does not work. I can't believe this still gets passed around. It is more snake oil nonsense than coolant stop leak.
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