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Old 17 Jan 2014, 12:09 am
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Default Car Accident Issues ... Radiator?

So tonight I was in a car accident; a fender bender. Thankfully no one was injured. The car I bumped into drove off with a little paint scratch on his bumper. At first I though Smaug (2002 PTC) was just a little damaged on the bumper (the plate holder shattered). However, when I pulled off into a parking lot to give it a good look over, I noticed he was leaking something in the front. I decided to take him over to a coworkers place and my coworker, who is pretty knowledgeable about cars, thinks he saw a small crack in the radiator. We are taking Smaug to the mechanic in the morning, but I was wondering if anyone has had, or heard of things like this before, and what can I expect? Is this a common issue? I've only been in one other accident, years ago due to poor gravel road conditions, and that totaled my car. I guess I'm just really worried because I don't know what to expect.

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Old 17 Jan 2014, 08:28 am
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Default Re: Car Accident Issues ... Radiator?

make sure you have coolant in the radiator before you keep driving it to a shop.

You have a transmission cooler up front too, and if a turbo the intercooler and PS Cooler.

Basically have a shop look at it now and dont keep driving it, if the radiaotor is leaking or trans cooler is leaking you could overheat the engine and or damage the transmission, get it fixed!

If the rad is empty get it towed to a shop.

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