Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 15:46:45 -0400
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From: Dave Mcneely <mcneely4@COX.NET>
Subject: Re: Coolant Low Level Light Useful?
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Whatever. I like having the light to warn me of pending problems so
that I can head them off. Like when my water pump went out. I knew
before the engine overheated that I'd lost coolant. Dave Mc
On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 2:27 PM, Don Hanson wrote:
> I don't think they are needed. I use my temp gauge to keep track of
> what's happening in my cooling system. I check my coolant and oil
> time I fill up..Well, .almost every time. Another check, if you think
> temp gauge is not good enough to tell is to flip on the heater for a
> second. If you can't get warm air and your temp gauge is being weird,
> should stop and check the fluid level in the coolant system.
> You can run an inline with low coolant for a lot of miles. I took
> mine to
> California and back with a leaky head...I drove till the temp started
> (usually a couple of tanks of gas) then I'd top up the
> like that, before I finally replaced the head gasket in about 4hrs,
> in the van. I may have been lucky but according to urban ledgend, the
> inline VW motor is really hard to damage...
> The "belt AND suspenders" type, they will probably not agree.
> have good reasons why you can't be safe without one..They may be
> Mine is taped over so you can't even see it inside my instruments
> It was
> a constant blinker when I got the van....easier than trying to
> McGuiver a
> fix on my 1.8liter inline, which had no coolant level light before it
> to my van.
> On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 11:57 AM, neil n wrote:
>> Hi all.
>> Like most, I check oil/coolant almost every day when on long trips.
>> 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? (assuming there's somewhere safe nearby
>> to pull over)
>> I realize my Westy's Jetta engine has different coolant
>> plumbing/paths, but if it's useful on the WBX, I'll read up on relays
>> and wire one up.
>> Neil Nicholson '81 VanaJetta 2.0 "Jaco"
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