I hope this is the relevant forum.... I need ideas on what to do next.
So, I moved to colorado in july. I had a hose pop off on the 1800 mile trip to colorado. Refilled the coolant with the 50/50 mix i had in the trunk for emergency's. Never thought anything of it again.
It gets cold where I am now, VERY COLD Potentially -40 -50 F on record nights. . People had just started to warn me that 50/50 mix would not work, and that i desperately needed a block heater, when my car froze up.
It did not hit -30 yet, so im surprised it froze on me. Two weeks ago, i went to the store a couple blocks away. It was -17. My heater wasn't working, and its occasionally not worked on and off for years, never been able to find the problem. I did not think much of it. Oh god I wish I had.
I drive about 3 miles or so, and im on my way home, when I start losing all electrical power. I thought my alternator had just taken the piss, but i was only 2 blocks from home so i kept going. One block from home my temp guage spikes to the max. I drive for about 8 seconds, plow through 4 foot snow drift, and turn the car off as i coast into my driveway.
Open the car to see steam and ice everywhere. The alternator and battery were completely soaked in a coolant mixutre, and there was GREEN ICE all over the place.
I do not have a garage to take this too to thaw, and my tools and resources right now are extremely limited as Im an unemployed person, about to be evicted 1800 miles away from friends and family.
What I know so far is, that the 50/50 coolant I have froze long before it should have, the antifreeze has what appears to be a small amount of light brown liquid occasionally floating in it. Which i can only assume is oil(sigh). and the car will not start, even at a mild 28 degrees F.
What do I do now? What process should i be doing next? Quickest way for me to assess the final damages? Why in the earth would the coolant have frozen like that? Does the lower atmospheric pressure at 8,000 feet change the freezing point?
This is an engine with only 64,000 miles that i just put in, in january. I'd really be screwed if its toast.
I apologize for long winded story, or if its in wrong subforum, with everything going on in my life im not thinking straight, or very rationally , and with my car went my soul.
Thanks for any help or suggestions.