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Old 10-10-2002, 11:32 AM   #1
cnjmorris
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Default Quick heating coil question.


Is it safe to drive a car with a bad heating coil... not on a trip.. just 10 miles, then 10 miles back with an hour rest inbetween?

Need the 2nd car tonight, can't fix till tomorrow.
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Old 10-10-2002, 12:07 PM   #2
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Should be fine as long as you are not exceeding like 50ish... But it is kind of close.
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Old 10-10-2002, 12:08 PM   #3
Aaedias Autumnwood
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should be jsut watch your dummy lights/gauges and if it gets above like 180-200 pull over open the hood and give a restm, but 10 miles shouldnt be that big of a prob
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Old 10-10-2002, 12:10 PM   #4
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Default Wha ?


Which heating coil do you mean? what make model of vehicle ?

Only heating coil I am aware of is the defrost coil in the
A/C compartment that is only about 2in. Very small.
And that may only apply to older vehicles.

Your heater does not have a heating coil, Your heat is obtained from
the water circulating through the radiator and heated by the motor during operation.

If you are out of water or Low you better not take it anywhere. er Antifreeze. 60/40 mixture.

Zolmaz.
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Old 10-10-2002, 12:13 PM   #5
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Default ..


Oh. You must mean the Circulating Thermostat.. ouch.
I would leave it and grab a taxi. Or call a friend.

Zolmaz
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Old 10-10-2002, 01:02 PM   #6
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depends...

if the thermostat is stuck in the open position, it wont really matter as all it does when its closed is to actually allow the engine to heat up quickly so parts dont get worn out by the cold. You could drive with no thermostat and it really wont hurt your motor because normally after <10 mins of driving its fully open anyway.

However, if its stuck in the closed position, then definitly keep your mileage down and watch your temp guages, because the coolant wont be circulating through the radiator.




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Old 10-10-2002, 04:53 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input but looks like problem solved. Borrowed a cra for the weekend, gives me a bit of time to get it fixed.
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