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Old 01-22-08, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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accidently put oil in the radiator

this is the dumbest thing i've ever done, i accidently put motor oil (10w-40) in the radiator intead of coolant, not a whole lot thought. what the worst that could happen and what should i do?
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Drain and flush your radiator if you haven't started it. Not sure what damage it may have caused if any.
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how u managed to get that mixed up...the next best thing to do is to drain the radiator then flush it out.
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I'd drain the radiator prior to starting the vehicle, Then take the opportunity to flush the system. I know Prestone makes a flush, but I'm not sure if it's compatible with Honda coolant.

Someone who is familiar with HG replacement should be of help here as oil in the coolant is sometimes the case in those situations.
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didnt somewhere someone say to take a garden hose and spray in the radiator filler neck? dunno if that would work since water and oil dont mix/bond
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Dont worry bout it, water pump lube!

j/k, yeah, I'd flush it as best you can! Buy Honda Antifreeze, 3 gallons, refill and bleed air.

I too would like to know, HOW?
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How much is "not a whole lot"...less than a quart? Did you start the car at all? If not the oil should bet settled at the top of the radiator...so maybe siphoning some off the top before you drain the radiator may be a good iea to prevent it from moving all the way through your radiator....damn I don't remember shi* from high school science!!
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Wow. Don't think I would have told that one. I'm not sure you need a car just yet. Consider selling it and riding MARTA or buying a bicycle.
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i all ways wanted to know what would happen if you put oil in the coolant system but not mixed with coolant i was thinking all by its self!
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I hope you haven't driven the car yet. Go under the car, remove the plastic spash shield, take off the rad cap, remove the drain plug (on the bottom part of the radiator, driver side) and let out all the coolant. Next, flush the radiator by pouring copious amounts of water into the radiator using a garden hose. Do this until you see only water coming out of the drain outlet of the radiator at the bottom. You could alternatively disconnect both Rad hoses (the 2 big thick ones going into the engine. Pour water into the rad through the upper hose, letting it flow out through the bottom hose. Once you've rinsed the radiator, I suggest using a rad flush. To do this you would connect everything back, fill up the rad with coolant and rad system flush, run the engine and then repeat the rad drain and refill procedure. Oil and coolant mixed together make a think muddy slush, which is not good for your waterpump, so I can only pray that you haven't started up your car yet.
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i did start the car and drove it. now it's overheating and no heat come out when i turn the heat. the car runs for about 5-7 mins and starts to overheat and the radiator resorvoir has steam coming out of it. i'm thinking changing the thermostat. but if the coolant and oil mixuture make mud, what should i do?
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Dude I hope you havn't warped your heads and gasket....

The way I flush my coolant is disconnect both main coolant hoses from the radiator and take out the thermostat. then put the water hose in the top hole and let it run for about 10 mins. then let it run through the bottom hoes with the car on (and running) heat on full... for 5 min, engine never warms up during this period... then hook hose up to radiator and flush that real good. let most water drain from radiator. (replace thermo if needed) hook everything back up except top hose. fill radiator with coolant, reverse fill engine with coolant slowly so air can escape. then hook top hose back to radiator. run engine and add coolant and bleed air.
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Dude, WHY would you start/attempt to drive the car afterwards...?

You need to quit touching things and get your Legend towed in to a shop/dealership before you try to do anything else, as it'll only make it worse.
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LMFAO... Im just really having a hard time trying to figure how the hell you mistaked the Friggin radiator cap for the Oil Cap when the oil cap clearly has a Oil Cup on it and is attached to the engine...

were you on meth or acid or just real high?

OMG. Im glad the car didn't blow up.

reminds me of this time I caught this lady putting windshield washer fluid. in her power steering resivor.
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new radiator and a 3.5 swap should do the trick......

if you had the money to do it

well, my girlfriends mom drives a 1999 chevy malibu and went out and bought a thing of antifreeze and brought it home. she accidently picked up the lawn pesticide and poured it into her her radiator instead of the antifreeze.

i laughed

she freaked and drove it straight too a mechanic to drain and flush her system. and it drives good now

but i guess since you have already gone through the step of driving it, i think its best if you tow it to a shop that knows legends and just hope you didnt screw your engine
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