Re: [DML] Radiator Story
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Re: [DML] Radiator Story

Well said Rick.  Good food for thought and great
story, thanks for sharing it.


--- Rick Heile <rick.heile@xxxxxx> wrote:

> A few weeks ago I posted asking how to be sure I
> fully filled the 
> coolant in the car. I have a 150 mile round trip to
> work and it seems 
> that when I get back home I was down a quart. Maybe
> there was an air 
> bubble in the system somewhere and I wanted to get
> it out.
> Well that was not the problem. Before I bought this
> Delorean it sat 
> for untold years in a barn. I knew this was the case
> when I purchased 
> it and did all of the normal things that have been
> discussed here 
> before I even started it. I flushed the coolant
> system twice before 
> event road testing it. 
> The first year on the road saw some issues other
> than the cooling 
> system. To all of you this would be normal kinks
> getting worked out. 
> It was this year when I noticed the drop in coolant
> after I flushed 
> it before driving it this season.
> On one of the 98+ degree days here in MA the state
> police decided to 
> create a road block to check each cars license and
> registration. I 
> sat still for over an hour. By the time I got moving
> again I noticed 
> that my temp gauge was starting to climb even though
> the fans were on.
> Now I started to see a bit of steam coming out of
> the back. After 
> saying a few choice words I pulled over and let it
> cool. At the next 
> exit was a gas station so I started it back up and
> drove it in.
> I pulled around to the service entrance and a whole
> bunch of people 
> came out to see because when I stopped and shut the
> car off I was in 
> a full cloud of steam. They were all saying that I
> had just come back 
> from the future.
> I was not in too good a mood but dealt with the on
> lookers. After 
> letting it cool for two hours I filled the coolant
> back up and took 
> it directly to my mechanic. He determined that the
> radiator was not 
> working correctly. 
> When I bought the car I did check to see if it had
> the original 
> radiator. It did not, it had a brass radiator. Well
> after pulling the 
> radiator we tore it apart. It was more than 60%
> clogged with a gummy 
> goo. My mechanic said that when coolant sits for a
> long time it 
> breaks down into a gummy residue and since the
> capillaries of the 
> radiator are so tiny they all get trapped in there.
> Once stuck, 
> flushing will not help.
> The reason I was down a quart after every trip was
> that a bit of the 
> coolant was boiling off each day. 
> This is just some information to the group, that if
> you find a low 
> mileage Delorean do not think that that is a gem.
> These cars need to 
> be driven to stay healthy.
> Rick
> 3290

Royce Holden

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