Hey guys! Just wanted to share this little bit of breakdown genius I had yesterday. We all know our cars are getting older and parts need replacing...especially those plastic parts that are subjected to extreme heat. Well, it's been hot in Florida the last few days...REALLY hot. Yesterday, I left work on my way home during the hottest part of the day. About 5 miles down the road, my coolant temperature light starts flashing...can't really read the information display because it's hot...and old so it fades. The gauge was still reading normal. So I casually pulled off the road to investigate the problem. Coolant everywhere inside the engine bay. Couldn't tell where it was coming from at first. I started tugging at hoses and wires around the coolant recovery tank and then the hot overflow return hose snapped off. So, here I am in a parking lot with a crippling breakdown if I can't figure something out.
I start walking to the nearest parts store. Before I got there, I came to a mom & pop hardware store. Walked in and bought a small hose clamp and a rubber plug. I figure this will be enough to get me home to make a proper fix. I walk back to the car, clean out some of the broken plastic in the hose and put the plug in. Start the car, and no coolant comes out. Cool...that's one thing. Now, how to plug the tank side. I pondered for a minute what my options were...I have foam ear plugs in my EDC bag because hey...you never know. Compressed one down real hard and stuck it in the hole. "Let's give it a go," I said to myself.
I topped off the tank with some coolant I carry around in the trunk (just in case) and made it the 30 mile interstate trip back home with no further issue. As an added bonus, my local Auto Zone happened to have a new coolant tank on the shelf so once I got home and the car cooled down I had it fixed in 10 minutes.