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Old 01-28-2004, 02:59 AM   #1
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Default Guess Who Almost Just Blew Up His NEW Engine?

Thats right, Me. Went tooling around in the snow and was crashing through some piles mounded up at the entrances to side streets by the plows. Well I guess the openings in my grill and bumper got a little clogged cuz as Im driving home I go "<sniff sniff> Hm Smells like antifreeze" Look down at my temp guage and its a full quarter in ABOVE "H". Oops. I pull over,kill the engine, hop out, and can hear the coolant boiling in the overflow resevior. Pop the hood and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Throw a few snowballs in the coolant resivior, toss some snow on the engine it self (just a few handfulls) and clear out the vents. Get in, start it back up, and drive the 20 minutes home incident free, the temp never even started to come back up above normal.


Lucky Me. If it wasnt for the smell, I woulda never noticed it. I had alot of crap on my mind aside from driving and was just taking it out on snow piles.

PS - 8 inches and the Legacy didnt get stuck once.
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Old 01-28-2004, 02:59 AM   #2
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Yeah, I got that it was you without reading all those words up there.
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Old 01-28-2004, 03:03 AM   #3
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But what if I told you rhdudes car almost blew up. And that it was a new engine you didnt even know about?


Then what?
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Old 01-28-2004, 03:03 AM   #4
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whoa, never throw snow on teh engine.


my stupid friend who knows how to fix cars threw snow onto my friends overheated turbo volvo and later on the head was cracked
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Old 01-28-2004, 03:06 AM   #5
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If my head is cracked somwhere within the next 3k miles, its all gravy, it still has a warranty on it.

And if it dies later, It just gives me an excuse to by the 96 Impreza wagon Ive had my eye one for the last month at the local dealer. Its down to $3,500 and they cant get rid of it cuz its a 5 speed. No one will buy it.
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Old 01-28-2004, 03:07 AM   #6
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I guess I'd go about my business still thinking it was you and knowing it won't affect my life either way.
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Old 01-28-2004, 03:08 AM   #7
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*** did it overheat to begin with?
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Old 01-28-2004, 03:09 AM   #8
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I guess I'd go about my business still thinking it was you and knowing it won't affect my life either way.
Your in a cheery mood tonight!

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Old 01-28-2004, 03:10 AM   #9
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Yes, I'm in a perfectly cheery mood. What's new?
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Old 01-28-2004, 03:11 AM   #10
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PS - 8 inches and the Legacy didnt get stuck once.
In 11 years I've only gotten my '93 Legacy stuck once.
Last year during the second of three huge snow dumps I had 6 people in my car totalling about 1.1K lbs and I got high centered in 2 feet of accumulated snow in my driveway that normally I'd fly right over. A tow from my neighbors Montero was required to extricate me.

Otherwise an AWD Legacy 4EAT is _unstoppable_ in snow.
I've left a Defender90 stuck (high centered) and followed along with military humvees through Georgetown during the state of emergency closing for snow in '99.

I'm finding my Legacy is better and more stable in snow than my STi or Honda Pilot.

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Old 01-28-2004, 03:12 AM   #11
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*** did it overheat to begin with?
Im guessing it was that the radiator wasnt getting air flow cuz my grill and bumper vents were clogged with snow. Either that or my head gasket is blown and this is just one of the warning signs.
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Old 01-28-2004, 03:13 AM   #12
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The word you are looking for is 'you're'.
Yes, I'm in a perfectly cheery mood. What's new?
Sorry GRAMMEeeeeerRS' polices.

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Old 01-28-2004, 03:16 AM   #13
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Im guessing it was that the radiator wasnt getting air flow cuz my grill and bumper vents were clogged with snow. Either that or my head gasket is blown and this is just one of the warning signs.
I've _never_ seen my temp gauge go north of normal.
And I've driven my car through and over a 10 foot snow berm.
I throw it into snow banks at speed and break through them all the time (no airbags!) and get all manner of junk jammed in my bumper and not once has she been phased. But then my front end is the Gen II style.

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Old 01-28-2004, 03:19 AM   #14
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I've driven a lot of cars, in a lot of snow and never had one overheat, aside from the RX7 because it had a blown coolant seal.
is your electric fan working properly?
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Old 01-28-2004, 03:23 AM   #15
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Im guessing it was that the radiator wasnt getting air flow cuz my grill and bumper vents were clogged with snow. Either that or my head gasket is blown and this is just one of the warning signs.
My money is on number 2...
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Old 01-28-2004, 03:24 AM   #16
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My money is on number 2...
GHEY!!!!

I'll check it out tommorrow.
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Old 01-28-2004, 04:26 AM   #17
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always watch your gauges!

we where out from say 9pm to 2:30am, the front of my car was packed with snow all night, never over heated, but we did stop every now and again to clean headlights and grills.
cause we are teh smart!

I got stuck twice, once I rammed into a huge snow drift head on..and then I tried to get on the highway from a parking lot that had a 4 ft wall of snow piled up by plows, wasnt going fast enough and got stuck

snow rules!

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Old 01-28-2004, 04:35 AM   #18
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That's pretty crazy. I drove around in 3 feet of snow a month or so ago and my radiator was COMPLETELY clogged up with ice/snow. The temp never went above it's normal position. I guess it was just too cold here for my engine to overheat.
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Old 01-28-2004, 08:17 AM   #19
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Clogged snow = overheat... Well I guess now Makkinen doesn't feel as foolish.
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Clogged snow = overheat... Well I guess now Makkinen doesn't feel as foolish.
dunno. You'd think either it would get warm enough to melt it before overheating, or the cooling fan would suck enough air across the radiator to cool it, even if it has to pull it from under or around the radiator, the bottom of the car is probably pretty open
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Old 01-28-2004, 08:25 AM   #21
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But what if I told you rhdudes car almost blew up. And that it was a new engine you didnt even know about?


Then what?
We would say. Oh another one?
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Old 01-28-2004, 09:53 AM   #22
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But what if I told you rhdudes car almost blew up. And that it was a new engine you didnt even know about?


Then what?

I didn't think rhdude had a running Subaru?
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Old 01-28-2004, 10:07 AM   #23
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eheh..

similar story, minus Huckedup, snow, and a subaru.

My girlfriend has a GTP and knows a few people with GTP's as well.

this one guy she works with that she is not fond of in the slightest has one.
He blew the original motor by just being an abusive tool.
then he goes and gets a motor from the supercharged buick regal.. and while trying to spin the tires going up an access ramp.. only weeks after getting it installed.. he blew that one too.

bling
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*** did it overheat to begin with?
It's a Legacy. They do that on occassion, usually when it's not convenient.

/me kicks his stupid headgasket
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dunno. You'd think either it would get warm enough to melt it before overheating, or the cooling fan would suck enough air across the radiator to cool it, even if it has to pull it from under or around the radiator, the bottom of the car is probably pretty open
Agreed.

From practical experience usually its the former for me.
What snow does get packed in the grill & bumper doesn't stay there for too long.

McDade hit the nail right on the head.
These things can break through/clear just about anything if you have the right amount of speed, and angle.

BTW, what are you boys with airbagged cars doing to prevent them from going off on a snow berm hit? Do you simply remove the fuse before hand? Or do you just 'hope' they don't go off.

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