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Hit a Deer the other night - at 45 mph - Pow!!

Shattered the front grill; Took out passenger headlight assembly (the whole thing); and worse yet pushed the radiator back as bent it into a slight U shape shearing off the entire radiator cap. Ha Anyone have a source of reasonably priced repair parts? Can be used .. I have one question. I have noticed a small leak in some tubing coming from the bottom passenger side of the radiator and need to know of it's transmission cooling lines? It's drivable for repair or emergency purposes long as I keep an eye on the temp gauge and add water a bit since the extra cooling fans got smashed as well, but the transmission lines have me worried most of all

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All kinds of stuff is routed through and around the radiator. Chances are if it is an oil of some sort, then yes, you're looking at transmission fluid. If you can't afford new or rebuilt your best bet is the wrecking yard but not all wrecking yards are created equal. Generally, a "you pull it" is the best and most reasonable price. Know your new prices before you walk in because sometimes they are so close to a wrecker's prices that you are better off going new. If it isn't a "you pull it"; Some wreckers will be a member of a parts network and be able to find the part for you. These are almost always more expensive than a "you pull it" place. Rules to remember if you go to a "you pull it" wrecker. 1. YOU take responsibility for anything that happens to you when you're on the lot. If a car or pile of cars falls on you, if you are cut, if you are bitten by anything snake, cat, flea, scorpion or dog it is again you're responisbility. This leads to rule 2. If you see any dogs, cats or other animals, DON'T approach them. If they come to you fine but remember especially if it is a dog, he is there as a guard so be careful around him. If you need to check a vehicle that he has set up housekeeping in then the safest thing to do is tell one of the attendants or you may find your self in a fight and you WILL get bit. Again your fault. Cats are usually wild and will leave you alone if you leave them alone. 3. The wrecker attendants will NOT loan you tools, so bring everything you'll need including jack, wood blocks, etc. If you'll have to lie down, bring a tarp. 4. If you live in an area that has mesquitos or fleas or chiggers etc., bring and use a high DEET % insect repellent.
Now last thing after you've replaced your grill radiator etc. you should also check your wheel alignment to make sure nothing is damaged there and afterwards watch for pulling to one side or the other when driving on a straight level road or when braking. Good luck

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Refill the coolant system reservoir when cold. Ensure the cap has a good seal and is tightened down properly With the hood raised, restart and allow the engine to idle until running temperature. 1) No agitation should be seen in the reservoir water, certainly no stream of bubbles or violent movement. If there are violent signs then this points to a blown head gasket. 2) The top rubber hose from the engine to the radiator at some point should become hot. Keeping checking the temperature gauge from time to time to see if the temperature is rising. If there is no temperature gauge response then there is something wrong with the gauge circuitry. 3) at some point here the fan (if electric or clutch operated should become engaged. If the electric fan never comes on either the temperature sensor is faulty, the fan fuse or solenoid relay are not functional or the fan motor is blown. 4) Within a few more minutes the lower hose exiting from radiator to the engine should also become hot. If these two events happen then your pump is circulating the water and the thermostat is functioning.If the top hose does not become hot you need to check your thermostat. If the top hose does become hot but the bottom one does not, even after quite a while, then either the pump is a fault or there is blockage; maybe due to sludge in the radiator core or pipes. To check the thermostat simply remove it and drop it into a pan of boiling water. Immediately you should see the thermostat pop open. Take the pan of water off the heat and watch the thermostat. After about five minutes when the water has begum to cool the thermostat should pop closed again. These events are not subtle so if they are not seen it is likely that a new thermostat will be needed. In the event the system is blocked simply remove coolant hoses and use a high pressure hose to flush the radiator and system clear of sludge. If there is air trapped in the system try putting the interior heater on to full to help flush them out. In an emergency putting on the interior heater can assist the main engine cooling.

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