What is wrong with me?
I recently had a car which I suspected had a failing head gasket, mechanic fixed a bunch of other stuff and used up my entire budget for a head gasket, told me all was well, drove off and a few months later got stranded in Big Timber, MT with a blown head gasket. I KNEW it was a head gasket issue, but as far as I could tell, they didn’t even do a chemical test for emissions in the coolant. I foolishly thought that I must have been wrong. After all, I took it in to an expert for repairs. What do I know?
Now I have a dodge durango. Soon after I bought it my water pump failed. No biggie, it can happen pretty much without warning. Got it replaced, paid the mechanic and went on. I started noticing I was loosing coolant pretty quickly. Took it into another garage for a complete coolant flush and had them check for leaks. They put the system under pressure and found no leaks. Said the system was full. Ok. I must have been reading the dip stick wrong?
A few days ago I was driving along and got an overheat warning. Turned off the air conditioner, and got the temp back down. Found the reservoir bone dry. Bought some coolant and noticed a faint antifreeze smell around the radiator cap.
Certainly they replaced the radiator cap when they changed the water pump. CERTAINLY if they hadn’t they would have when they did the flush. CERTAINLY they would have inspected the cap when they were looking for leaks … right?
Well, no. The interior gasket, the one which keeps the coolant inside the radiator was badly warped. You’d THINK somewhere along the lines they’d have at least LOOKED AT THE FRIGGIN CAP!?