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Date:         Wed, 14 Oct 2009 15:46:45 -0400
Reply-To:     mcneely4@COX.NET
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From:         Dave Mcneely <mcneely4@COX.NET>
Subject:      Re: Coolant Low Level Light Useful?
Comments: To: Don Hanson <dhanson928@GMAIL.COM>
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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 > every > time I fill up..Well, .almost every time. Another check, if you think > the > 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, > you > 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 > rising > (usually a couple of tanks of gas) then I'd top up the > coolant...3000miles > like that, before I finally replaced the head gasket in about 4hrs, > motor > 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. > Probably > have good reasons why you can't be safe without one..They may be > right. > > 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 > came > 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. >> But..... >> >> 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. >> >> -- >> Neil Nicholson '81 VanaJetta 2.0 "Jaco" >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

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