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Long term consequences to engine overheating?

  • 14-04-2022 12:00pm
    Registered Users Posts: 47 In Actuality

    I had an issue with my radiator in December which caused my engine to overheat. When it overheated, I estimate that it was 11 to 12 seconds before I stopped my car after the point I realised something was wrong. As I drove to my mechanic's about two hours later that evening it overheated again for about the same amount of time as I finished that short journey. So does that mean this it was overheating for 12 seconds each time? or was a certain amount of damage occurring before that too? My mechanic didn't say anything about the possibility of engine damage and I tried to tell myself that surely not too much damage could have occurred during that time.

    Since then the car's been fine but recently I've realised that the coolant seems to have been leaking out quite fast. I think it was full of coolant when it passed the NCT in January, and I had to re-fill it yesterday after realising that I had no hot air conditioning in the car. My mechanic said texted "when those engines overheat they're f**ked... keep an eye on the coolant level".