Originally Posted by Rick Nasby
Im glad I found this forum, because I need some help. Im on what was supposed to be a 9 hr trip, and my water pump went to leaking out the weep hole, 2 hours south of Columbus Ohio. It was recommended that Bars leak would get me were I was going. So I added two bottles 1 half hour apart.
It seemed to work for a hour or two. Then I smelled antifreeze, the temp went up. So I pulled over and added water. Then went on. When I got low on water again, Of course the heater ran cold. I made it to Ashland Ohio where I got off the highway, and got 4 gallons of cheap antifreeze from walmart. Then went to the next exit to my Brothers who Id not seen in two years. I thought I was real low on water so I only added one gallon of antifreeze for the night. I let it run to mix. After starting it this morning. I added water to try and reach my dest. Where I hoped to get it in the shop. The heater never started heating, even with water in it. So I gave up on the dest. till I get it fixed. My question is did I let it freeze up or could the Bars leak have gummed up the heater core. Im now at my step-dads with the truck tore down in his barn with a heat lamp on it and the heater in the barn on low. Another question: Does the electric block heater suseptable to ruining if the radiator is out. Im sure the block has water in it. Thanks for any help. This has been quite stressfull, as I dont want to tear up my truck. The temp here is 8 degrees with 2 ft of snow, and its Sunday, so there wasnt much help around. Ideas or knowledge for solutions is much appriciated, Rick
Howdy and welcome to the site. First off who ever told you bars leak would fix your problem was right and wrong. Bars leak doesn't work to well for water pump leaks. If you plug it in with the radiator out the truck should be fine as the block heater heats up the engine oil which then heats up the whole engine block due to the placement of the block heater. So to answer your question no it should not get ruined if you plug it in with the radiator out.
Now your heater core there is an easy way to find out if it is plugged run water through it. I would take a 20 ounce pop bottle cut the bottom out so it is a funnel and use a gallon jug of water, I would put the pop bottle attached to the heater hose, pour water into the pop bottle and see if you get water coming out of the other hose from the heater core, if you do then no your heater core is not gummed up or blocked by bars leak.
I would get a new water pump and install it. As that was where your leak was at.
Your radiator you can do the same test as the heater core but I suggest using a garden hose for this one. Put the garden hose in the top radiator hole and see if you get water coming out the bottom end. If you do then no blockage.
After installation of the new water pump I would reassmble vehicle fill the fluids and take it for a test drive I hope I have helped you out some.
Again welcome to the site.