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Date:         Wed, 14 Oct 2009 12:54:48 -0700
Reply-To:     David Kao <dtkao0205@YAHOO.COM>
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From:         David Kao <dtkao0205@YAHOO.COM>
Subject:      Re: Coolant Low Level Light Useful?
Comments: To: neil n <musomuso@GMAIL.COM>
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--- On Wed, 10/14/09, neil n <musomuso@GMAIL.COM> wrote:

> In the event of a sudden coolant loss, have others found > that this > light gave enough warning so they could pull over in time > to prevent > the engine from over heating?

Yes. It happened to me once. I was in the middles of the freeway. The coolant warning light suddenly started to blink and the temp gauge went over to the max. I immediately went off the freeway and parked in front of a hotel.

It turned out that the small bleed hose on the top of my 1.9 engine broke off and a lot of the coolant leaked out. Fortunately I had tools on my Vanagon to fix the hose connection. Poured 2 bottles of drinking water into the pressurized coolant tank. An hour later I was back home without problems. The engine wasn't harmed as far as I can tell today.

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