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If You Have an Overheating Car

f you have to love your car for it to love you back

the radiator is the square black thing at the front

An American friend of mine is on a long toad trip, and she’s worrying a bit because her car is on the verge of overheating on long mountain climbs.  Well, as a guy well-used to running old cars I personally wouldn’t worry so much unless the thing actually boiled, and then I’d let it cool down completely, top up the radiator, and carry on.  (BTW, always carry a can of oil and some engine coolant in the back of your vehicle.  And learn some basic car mechanics.)

There are 4 main reasons that a car will overheat;

  1. It’s leaking coolant through a hose joint, (or the radiator itself, or the water pump).
  2. The thermostat is faulty.
  3. The electric fan isn’t working.
  4. The water pump is busted, (or the drive-belt to the water pump is broken, or slipping).

Three of those faults are easy to check for.  #1 there will be a pool of coolant under the car when it’s been parked for a while. #2 the radiator will be cool when the engine is hot.  #3 with the car parked and the engine running the fan should come on when the engine gets hot.  Trust me you will be able to hear it when it’s working.

#4 needs a mechanic, and as water pumps almost last forever it’s unlikely to be busted unless it’s an older car.  In which case check to see if it’s ever been replaced.  This fault is the least likely.  If the pulley is turning the pump is working.  If your AC and electrics are working it isn’t a drive-belt problem.

Actually there is a 5th reason, you are working the car very, very hard indeed, like climbing up a mountain.  There is a limit to how hard you can work anything or anyone, and if you pass that limit things will start to go wrong.

Faults 1, 2, 3, and 5 are very easily cured, (9 times out of 10).

The trouble is few people know much about car mechanics, and if you take it into a shop you are likely to be stuffed with the cost of the most expensive repair possible, so learn just a little practical car mechanics.  It’s a few hours and will save you a lot of time, money, and worries.  (Sometime your car isn’t overheating at all the gauge on the dashboard is giving a false reading.)

(On older cars there is always the possibility that the cooling system is furred-up, in which case it would benefit from flushing.  Here’s how https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s–5ft5YiHg ).

Treat your car well, and it will repay the favour.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the radiator is the black thing at the front

Monochrome Monday ~ The Beehive State

you go to Utah to get away from people

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Wasatch Mountains

Scenes on Sunday ~ Cool Homes

wherever I hang my hat is my home

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

outdoor living is an option in sunnier climes

Scenes on Sunday ~ Pacific Ocean

out to the west of me the sun is going down

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

shadows on silk as the night rolls in

Scenes on Sunday ~ California

being anywhere with anyone has got to be better than lockdown

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

California, mostly empty

Songs on Saturday ~ Bonfire Heart

no one can measure how much love one heart can hold

When life has spun you through 180 degrees, and your world is limited to your own four walls, then you might simply be glad that you’re alive.  Then you may think of someone who you cares for you, and how much you love them in return.

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Just be glad that you’ve found someone to love.  Not everyone is that lucky.  You know that she is good for you, even if sometimes you try hard not to feel that way.

Please listen in happiness, peace, and safety.  Try not to think about being in a road movie.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

real friendship is eternal

 

 

Scenes on Sunday ~ Idylls

there is something very simple about the most idyllic dreams

sunset Orange County CA

the Pacific Ocean

parasailing over the Mediterranean

the Atlantic Ocean

red rock country near Sedona AZ

Zion Canyon National Park

Sunset in North Turkey

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the North Sea and winter sky at dawn

Fun, Fun, Fun…..

if masculinity is driving, then sexuality is the girl riding shotgun

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she looks damn fine

a curve over the hips

a smile on her lips

that taste so divine

she’s something else

she has the hot looks

and the tender touch

she’s something special

and I’ve got the car

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

A Mustang, the desert, and a girl,

what’s not to like?

Scenes on Sunday ~ Zion

you cannot describe Zion, you can only experience it

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

get the girl riding shotgun to take the cool pictures while you do the driving

Scenes on Sunday ~ St. George, Utah

be steadfast in all your ways

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the best Japanese steakhouse in St. George

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I was intrigued because

St. George is also the patron saint of England

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