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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-28-03, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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Need Help with engine prob

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Just been driving around my sisters 1988 Laser for the past week. Driving to uni today and noticed the temperature gauge go almost full swing to red when i was stuck behind some cars at the lights. when i took off and got some open air, the gauge went back to mid range.
I've never noticed this before as i normally leave home before peak hour traffic and while the temperature outside is still cool. However, thought this was funny, so i waited for the car to cool down and then opened the bonnet. Saw that the radiator reserve tank was almost over flowing. opened the radiator tank and saw it was bone dry. Shit, don't know how long that's been like that!
Any how, filled up the radiator, and as i was about to leave for home later today, thought i'd check it again. Radiator dry and a dryed up water puddle was under car. Hole in radiator! Hopefully this hasn't ****ed up the engine too much.
Anyway, what i'm most interested in is that the hose that goes from the radiator to the engine (for cooling i'm guessing?) has this weird yellow, rubbery stuff coming out of it on either side where it's connected by O clamps.
First thought it some sort of deposit from the water but now am worried that it might be some rubber gaskets that have melted due to the high temperatures.
Sorry, but i know very little about cars and this has me worried.
If any one can help i would greatly appreciate it.

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It's probably the gasket sealant they used when they put the hose on - it usually goes on as a goo and will squeeze out as the clamps are tightened.
Hope the rest of the motor's OK!

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-28-03, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Cheers for that Alex.

first time i've noticed the deposit around the hose tho. dad thought it might be some deposite from the water, but the family uses distilled rain water in the radiator. tho, i'm not sure if any other radiator coolant fluid was added.
I'm hoping it's just the sealant that has melted due to the heat and squeezed out. shouldn't be too much of a problem then i hope.
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