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Radiator cap was not on properly

I was driving my car on the freeway, i had the air con on, and my car just died, so i pulled over and lifted the bonnet, and my radiator cap was not on properly, i had no water in it at all, so it must have gone all over the engine, now it doesnt want to kick over, it almost wants to. could i have got water in something electrical.

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