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No coolant?? ...no problem!
Replaced my water pump yesterday along with the upper/lower hoses. Today I went for a test drive and about 10 miles into this test drive I start to overheat. I pull over and discover that the lower radiator hose popped off. I then realize that I made a critical error: I neglected to tighten down the lower hose clamp. All of my coolant drained out onto the pavement. Being that I live in a rural area with little to no people/cell phone coverage I decided to limp home. I made it almost home when the "Engine Temp" light came on. I immediately pulled over, shut off the engine and sat there for a few minutes. At this point I'm only a couple miles away from home. I start back up and make it the rest of the way (the "engine temp" light went out after starting). When I got home I topped off the coolant system with mostly distilled water and one bottle of coolant (It was all that I had left over).
I *think* I dodged a bullet but I have a few questions...
Being that there was literally NO COOLANT in the system for several miles just how accurate would the temp gauge be?? ....Maybe my engine was way hotter than the gauge said?
What type of damage could have been caused? ...anything I should be on the look out for?
Thanks in advance.
97' F250HD XLT 4x4 | NAPA 6637 | TS Chip | Straight Pipe | CCV Mod | LED lighting | Coolant Filter | 203° Thermostat|