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I rear ended someone in my 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT last night, and the hitch on the back of his truck punched a hole right through my bumper. My car is now overheating, and bleeding coolant profusely. I have a feeling that the radiator has been destroyed. Just wondering what parts are in that front end area, and how difficult it will be to fix. I'm not concerned with cosmetic damage, I just need to get to work. The engine wasn't damaged at all.

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Best thing to do, is remove front end components and find all others that are damaged. Might be a few days work if you are not mechanically inclined.
Would not be a bad idea to take pictures while you are removing components so that you have a guide to help you when you are re-assembling.

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SOURCE: overheating problem on a 1998 BMW 318ti

Perform a liquid block test (with the bottle of fluid over the radiator mouth.) If the blue liquid turns yellow or clear, you have hydrocarbons entering the cooling system (usually via head gskt.) If not, you have ruled out a costly repair.

Sounds like it overheats pretty easily, without t-stat! This block testing liquid is cheap, and will verify a suspected leaking head gasket without lengthy diagnosis. Hope it's better news, but good luck!

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SOURCE: coolant not flowing to engine, overheating after replace radiator

Remove the thermostat and then try it. If it works then replace t-stat

Posted on Jun 12, 2009

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