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defrost me car, previous owner told me he had topped up all the levels, but didnt tell me he had just used water,git,
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Tow it to a garage and let it thaw. Then, drain the water and replace with 50/50 coolant/water mix. Don't start the car with a frozen water pump. It could throw off your timing belt and cause engine damage.

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Get it to a heated garage/shop and let it thaw. If it has block heater that can be plugged in also to help speed up the thawing. A block heater alone will not thaw out the engine however.

Agreed trying to start it would be a huge no no that could be costly.
 

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Tow it to a garage and let it thaw. Then, drain the water and replace with 50/50 coolant/water mix. Don't start the car with a frozen water pump. It could throw off your timing belt and cause engine damage.

Mark
cheers dude, only problem is i tryed to start it fired up on ,what sounded like two cylinders for about 5 seconds then stopped,then found out it was frozen...
 

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The previous owner must be somewhat retarded to fill up only water as coolant if you live in a area where it get below zero degrees celcius.
Still try to get it heated and get it checked up before starting it again.
 

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I hate to be a doomsayer, but that doesn't sound good, mate. It's possible that you broke your timing belt. I'd get it into a garage, thaw it out, pull the timing belt covers, and inspect the belt before turning it over again.

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I hate to be a doomsayer, but that doesn't sound good, mate. It's possible that you broke your timing belt. I'd get it into a garage, thaw it out, pull the timing belt covers, and inspect the belt before turning it over again.

Mark

Even this is a better out come then the worst case scenario. A frozen cooling system can crack the engine block, heads, radiator, heater core....

As it thaws watch for leaks. :icon_sad::tissue:
 

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Even this is a better out come then the worst case scenario. A frozen cooling system can crack the engine block, heads, radiator, heater core....

As it thaws watch for leaks. :icon_sad::tissue:
thats what i was just gonna say.
broken timing belt would be the least of your worries.
i cracked a block on malibu when i was 15 lol. the freeze plugs didnt even blow it just straight up cracked teh block
 
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