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Old 27th March 2010, 16:23   #1
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Default Emergency... Innova Overheating!!! Parents Stranded near Krishnagiri.

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My dad and mom are on Chennai Bengaluru NH right now. Near Krishnagiri. They have taken our Innova. My dad just called to say that the cars temp. meter has risen to 'H' fully and the A/c compressor has cut off. He says he sees some kinda pink powder behind the Radiator. And also there is no Coolant.

I just got the car serviced with Raghav @ 'Ignite' yesterday. He had changed the clutch assembly. And also general service. Pls Help me out.

What can I do? This is the first time that this is happening to this car.

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Tell them to stop driving as soon as they find a decent place to stop. Looks like a Fan Failure or something. Maybe a thermostat Failure.
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They have already stopped driving. Fan is working. That is the first thing that i asked him to check. Fans is running.
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Ask your parents not to panic. Looks like a coolant leak. Allow the engine to cool down completely and fill normal water in the coolant tank. Continue driving till the next town and get help from a garage. Keep an eye on the temp gauge and stop in between to check the water level, refill as necessary..
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Ask your father to check the service booklet for a Krishnagiri service station. I hope there is one. They could help with the tow and also if nothing serious (like a burst tube) provide a replacement immediately.
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Best is to call Toyota service and inform them. They should have some checklist to narrow down.

Then based on the intensity of the issue they can drive down (check if you can fill it with coolant or distilled water.)

Also, there are numerous petrol bunks along the route from krishnagiri to bangy, so check with some nearby bunks to see of they have coolant available.
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You said there is no coolant , has it leaked out ? Does toyota have road side assistance service ?
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They have filled it up with water... They are not exactly on the highway, they are moving from thirupatur to krishnagiri, its a State Highway.

There is no toyota at Krishnagiri.
There is Lanson Toyota at Vellore.

They have filled it up with water. The temperature is down to half now. They are moving again. I have asked them to return to chennai. Also to check the water level every 50 or 60 kms. If needed, i have asked them to go into Lanson in Vellore.
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Try spraying some water on radiator and on the engine.
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Try spraying some water on radiator and on the engine.
is this is a good idea?
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91-416-2249451-52
this is the Number for Lanson Toyota Vellore.
either this or you will have to try Nandi toyota hosur road.
Yes they have on spot repair facilities.
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^^

That helps. I suspect a burst pipe or something. Ask them to get a 3-4 2ltr bottles of water and fill up the radiator if the temp gauge rises again.
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They justed filed up the radiator with coolant. They have driven 20 kms since. And there is no rise in Temperature.

What is the pink powder? Dried up coolant?
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If they can't get a proper engineer there to deal with the situation...

1. Let the engine cool down. Give it several hours, I guess.

2. Fill up the coolant with plain water.

3. Drive home, keeping an eye on the temperature guage and coolant levels.

4. Get service centre to flush and refill with proper water/additive mixture.

On no account remove the radiator cap while the engine is still hot.

I learnt this the hard way. I was lucky: the gush of steam and boiling water missed me. If I had been leaning over it, I wouldn't be nearly so good looking as I am today.

<Sorry: crossposted with lots of other good advice>

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Old 27th March 2010, 17:36   #15
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They are at krishnagiri now. Have driven about 40 kms. of which 20 was with A/c. The temperature has settled to normal. They jus checked the coolant water level. It has not dropped. They are anyways returning to Chennai now.

Again, what could that pink powder be? Dried up coolant?
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