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Car shut itself down?

FRiends 2001 Elantra, had the radiator hose fall off. She lost all the water and didn't realise. Heard a lot of clanging noises and car ? shut itself off. Has been told that it does this to avouid any further damage. Is this right. What needs checking on car to see if it is okay.

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If the engine overheated for any length of time, it may have some fried rubber hoses and worse, a blown head gasket. If the latter has occurred, in the next couple of hundred miles, oily deposits may show up in the coolant overflow bottle or an emulsion of coolant and oil on the dipstick. This will look like dirty hand creme if it happens. If the gasket fails badly enough, there may be leakage of oil or coolant on the block below the junction with the head. If the gasket fails between cylinders, the engine may seem really tired or misfire and eat fuel. 
Worst case; damaged piston rings, rod and crankshaft bearings along with damage to other seals and gaskets.
For right now, I would make sure the cooling system gets tight again, the oil is changed (it may have chunks of burned oil in it) and drive conservatively with ears open and NO MUSIC for a few days to listen for irregular engine noises that could be caused by the engine damage described.   

Posted on Oct 16, 2008

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