Tag: coolant

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Keep dogs away from antifreeze
Dec 12, 2016

The Blue Juice: Antifreeze and Dogs


What do I do if a dog swallows antifreeze? Can I teach a dog to leave this alone while someone is tinkering with cars in the driveway?

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Range Rover head gasket failure
Nov 03, 2015

Head Gasket Failure? Or Another Problem?

Dear Car Talk

Can Car Talk solve Mary's Range Rover mystery?

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will driving without coolant ruin an engine
Sep 19, 2012

Today: Did Evelyn's Grandson Wreck Her Engine?

Dear Car Talk

Evelyn's grandon borrowed her car and when she got it back it was out of coolant. She loaned it to him again and now the entire engine needs to be replaced. Tom and Ray have some ideas for Evelyn and a few more ideas for her speed-demon grandson. Find out what they recommend, right here.

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can an engine coolant cool my idling engine
Jul 20, 2012

Will Coolant Help This Hot Engine?

Dear Car Talk

Josh's engine is running hot and he wonders if adding coolant will solve the problem. Will this cheap fix work, or is he about to get some bad (and expensive) news from Tom and Ray?

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Can you use malt liquor as an engine coolant
Jan 01, 2011

Can malt liquor be used as an engine coolant?

Dear Car Talk

Last summer, I was commuting home from work on the highway, and my 1998 Nissan Maxima started to overheat. The temperature outside was 90+. The engine started heaving, so I had to pull off the interstate and sit for a while, waiting...

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Is antifreeze toxic to humans
Oct 01, 2009

In today's column: is antifreeze toxic to humans?

Dear Car Talk

You mentioned in a recent column that ethylene glycol (antifreeze) is toxic to animals. Is it also toxic to humans? I'm a doctor, and I prescribe a medicine for my patients that cleans out their colon called Go-Lytely (which makes...

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Effects of antifreeze in the crankcase
Apr 01, 2009

Does antifreeze poured in the crankcase mean it's new engine time?

Dear Car Talk

I have a soldier who mistakenly poured a gallon of antifreeze in his crankcase. He then started and ran the car for several minutes before he realized what he had done. He is being told that he needs a new...

coolant fluids

Antifreeze in windshield-washer reservoir
Apr 01, 2009

Can Megan get the coolant out of her windshield-washer reservoir?

Dear Car Talk

I recently had my 2006 Chevy HHR worked on at the dealership where I purchased it new. Long story short, the mechanic put antifreeze in the windshield-washer reservoir. Of course, the dealer believes his mechanic would never make that kind of...

coolant fluids cleaning

Mar 01, 2009

Does a slow leak signal the end for Faye's 432,686-mile Chevy?

Dear Car Talk

I have a 1992 Chevy Lumina with 432,686 miles on it. I'm losing coolant. The "low coolant" light goes on on cold mornings and stays on for about one to two minutes before it goes off. The cooling/heating system has been...

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Jul 01, 2008

What could cause Vicky's mysterious, infrequent coolant leak?

Dear Car Talk

I drive a 2002 Subaru Outback. During this past winter, we had a significant cold snap where I live, with temperatures below zero. After the first day of the cold snap, I noticed a puddle of coolant on the floor of...

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