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Old 22-05-2018   #1
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Brava 1.9TD 100, No coolant, is my engine done for?

Hey there everyone, so I went driving in a very bad snow storm (I'm stupid) the weather was snowy and about -10C, I went to press on the breaks to slow down, I pushed down a bit too hard on the breaks, and it caused me to skid and do a 180 and skid off the road, I was NOT going fast at all, I just spun around doing about 45KPH, my car has no scratches, no dents, nothing is damaged, except my radiator, which I did not know at that time, So I continued to drive the car doing about 80kph for about 10km, I noticed my heat was not working but I didn't come to think of it at the time. The needle showing water tempature was still below the half make maybe 1/4 of the way up on the gauge. I went to go park my car and I noticed the engine was streaming a little bit, nothing too bad, just very little. I then realized I had no coolant/antifreeze. The car was not driven after that only started to repark but that took about 20 seconds, and one emergency drive which took literally 2 mins, and the engine was barely warm. So 4 months later I still have the car, It has NOT been driven just started a few times to recirculate the engine oil, the engine DOES NOT knock, rattle, there is no smoke coming out of my exhaust, the oil has no water in it, the car starts up like a new car. Did I get really lucky by not damaging anything since I have no signs of engine damage? Thank you.
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Re: Brava 1.9TD 100, No coolant, is my engine done for?

From what you say I think you should be OK.. you drove the engine gently in cold conditions so there would be cooling from the oil anyway, and maybe the turbo cars have an oil cooler too?

I suppose you pulled off a bottom hose or something when you had your spin? I would refill the coolant carefully and bleed properly, run the engine to temperature and if there are no bad signs take it for a drive to check.

A diesel engine should be quite tough, but anyway I don't think you cooked it on this occasion. In the worst case it should be at least repairable...
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Re: Brava 1.9TD 100, No coolant, is my engine done for?

One thing I forgot to mention in the post is the bottom left of the radiator where the hose connects, the metal hose connector got bent causing the fluid to leak out, I found this out after refilling the coolant that the rad can't hold because of that.
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Re: Brava 1.9TD 100, No coolant, is my engine done for?

I had a TD100, which got seriously cooked after a slow leak left me without enough coolant,
it was alright for about 7 months until this happened while going up a steep hill in 5th gear.
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Re: Brava 1.9TD 100, No coolant, is my engine done for?

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I had a TD100, which got seriously cooked after a slow leak left me without enough coolant

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It was alright for about 7 months until this happened while going up a steep hill in 5th gear
Exactly... you fried yours and it still lasted 7 months.

The engine in question had gentle treatment and a minor overheat... I'm betting it will be fine.
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I'm betting it will be fine.
aye, this is the point my tired little brain was trying to convey.
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