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Old 01-23-2013, 03:11 PM   #16
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Made it to work. FYI that little heater didn't do shit in 12 degree weather. Going to be a cold ride home tonight!

I was thinking of trying my 1500 W space heater from my inverter..
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:38 PM   #17
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In a case like this, I'd get a package of the Bars Leaks tablets at any parts store. Dissolve them in about a quart of hot water, and then add the whole lot to the radiator fluid with the engine running, and right away take it for a 10 or 20 minute drive.

It's not an elegant fix, for sure, but it will likely get you through until Spring, when you can do it the right way and flush the sealer out again.

The important part is to thoroughly dissolve those tablets in hot water first, don't just drop them in the radiator like they tell you to. BTDT.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:41 PM   #18
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Don't let the Midas crew tackle it for $750. Bring it to the GM dealer, they do a lot of them know the pitfalls, will warranty the work if they fuck up something along the way. I bet it'll be less money too.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:00 PM   #19
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Sometimes the dealer is a better deal. Probably a better bet. You might get lucky at Midas but they don't do as many as GMC does. They'll give you an estimate also.

Don't try Stop Leak, please. Even the home made type. I've used it only on a car I was trying to kill anyway.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:02 PM   #20
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Made it to work. FYI that little heater didn't do shit in 12 degree weather. Going to be a cold ride home tonight!

I was thinking of trying my 1500 W space heater from my inverter..

The heater is to keep the fog off the window...
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:13 PM   #21
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Didn't work well at all on the windsheild. Oh well, only $22.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:15 PM   #22
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Make sure the mechanic takes it for a test drive in valet mode afterwards to make sure all the operating parts work
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:07 PM   #23
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Made it to work. FYI that little heater didn't do shit in 12 degree weather. Going to be a cold ride home tonight!

I was thinking of trying my 1500 W space heater from my inverter..
That's about 115 amps at 13 volts. Good luck.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:59 PM   #24
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Assuming 100% inverter efficiency... Which it isn't.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:25 PM   #25
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That's about 115 amps at 13 volts. Good luck.



I'm fucked. So what gauge wire do I need, 2 gauge? Damn, should be around 0 degrees when I get out of here.
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The defroster, even on cold, should be enough to keep the windshield clear on the inside. God help you if you've got frost/ice buildup on the outside though.

As far as keeping warm goes, you've got a heated jacket, right? Plug in, turn on, and tune out!
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:44 PM   #27
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Buy 10' of heater hose in both sizes and pipe it through the passenger window to your shiny new heater core. Strap a 12VDC fan to the side opposite the hose fittings and build a baffle out of cardboard to keep the whole thing off the floor so air can pass through. Tape up the gap in the window. That should give you plenty of heat. Do the real fix in the spring.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:59 PM   #28
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DO NOT use stop leak, it will clog radiator passages and you do not want
that to happen. Stop leak is a mistake, period. I've been working on vehicles
for over 40 years and I have used stop leak and seen the results when other
people use it. It is a bad idea to use it, period. Stop leak never really works
and it screws up things in the cooing system which were in fine shape
before the stop leak was dumped into the system. I am sure some people will
disagree with me on this, and frankly they will be wrong.
sorry you are wrong

would have to agree with above for almost all radiator sealants, except one.... Bars Leak ... don't know about now, but years back was commonly used by several OEM on brand new motors to seal minor leaks. Sold Bars Leak for 10+ years... not one come back or complaint. installed on butt load of engines...never had a problem one... vs other types or radiator sealer... all sorts of complaints and problems... quit selling anything but Bars Leak.

no sealer will do major leaks, that takes removal and fix. I'd install Bars Leak as a last resort. if it doesn't seal, then leak is too large and heater core has to come out.

in the meanwhile bypass ... would be the shits operating at those temps without a defroster. never mind the heater...

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Old 01-23-2013, 08:31 PM   #29
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Buy 10' of heater hose in both sizes and pipe it through the passenger window to your shiny new heater core. Strap a 12VDC fan to the side opposite the hose fittings and build a baffle out of cardboard to keep the whole thing off the floor so air can pass through. Tape up the gap in the window. That should give you plenty of heat. Do the real fix in the spring.



Got a suggestion to go here and DIY... www.firstgeargarage.com

Seems pretty cool! $35 an hour to use a heated space....

-4 deg F for the ride home!
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:38 AM   #30
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I blew a heater core in my 2001 f-150... was a $1150 job at the dealer, found a independent mechanic to do it for $800. It worked great for 6 months, and then leaked again - defective part. They warrantied the $50 part, but the $750 labor was all me, again. If it happens again, I'm headed to the nearest cliff to take care of it Thelma & Louise style...

Good luck with the repair... good thing it is not all that cold in MN in the dead of winter... oh, wait. Nevermind.
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