Good evening all,
Today I picked up, (For the Second time), my new to me 91 RR Classic from the shop in New Orleans that a friend with the BMCNO had recommended.
He had to finish repairs to the steering and front end that where needed when I picked it up for the first time. I guess 6 inches of wheel play at highway speeds were no big deal to him during his test drive.
Anyway, I asked him to flush and change the coolant since I knew it was needed badly.
No sooner than 7 miles from the shop I noticed the temp gauge starting to rise. I was able to get out of traffic and to a safe place just as the needle was getting to the red. Opened the hood and found fluid had covered the expansion bottle and everthing was very hot. Got the mech on the phone and he says its possible that he did not bleed out enough air from the center bleed port. I started asking him questions about the procedure for filling and bleeding this system as it was unfamiliar to me. He said, "Im not sure". I then asked him, "Did you ever crack open the shop manual that was with the vehicle?." All I heard was silence.
I cracked open the bleed valve and noted a lot of air venting out.
I allowed the engine to cool a bit and then carefully added coolant to the radiator. Started the engine and opened that bleed valve again. Allowed it to bleed until a little flow came out. I then tightened it. I then filled the radiator and added some to the expansion bottle.
I put her back on the road again. We got another 4 miles before we were pushing the red line on the temp gauge again. I pulled into a closed service station in Dah Hood and called my towing insurance.
This time we had fluid coming from everywhere. I am praying it is not a ruined engine but suspect it is.
What the hell happened here?????