The Oldsmobile has sprung a leak in its radiator. Now the Burgundy-Bomb is starting to look like a money pit. I have staved off a new exhaust system for four years but struts, brakes, power steering hoses, and heater hoses have set me back about a grand this year. When I saw that little puddle of green I freaked out. A new radiator is about $300. I planned on selling the car in May before its next inspection. I don't think I can schmooze that original muffler past the mechanic one more year. Last time I said it was my son's car who was in Saudi Arabia serving his country and explained how I promised to keep it on the road till he came home.
Then I remembered "Bars-Leak". I used it once before. CP had this 74 Duster when we met. Before we went on our honeymoon I decided to look under her hood. Well, her radiator hoses had all these stalactites hanging from them and they were as squishy as dog pooh. I changed her hoses and then noticed a tiny little leak in the radiator. I put in can of Stop-Leak and sent her on her way. CP was about 20 minutes into her 50 mile drive home to Long Beach when she overheated. The Stop-Leak turned her radiator into a cinder block. I poured water in the top and a half hour later not a drop came out the bottom. To this day she gets agita when I work on her car. Usually she say things like "did you remember the brake shoes this time" or "did you put the radiator cap back on?"
So, I opt for the cheap fix and put some Bars-Leak" in the Olds. I'm thinking, "So what if it clogs the radiator? It's shot anyway." But, I'm concerned about my heater core. It has about as much flow as the coronary arteries of a 40 pack-year smoker. I'm concerned about it clogging. My answer is to use a vise-grip as an aortic-cross-clamp and keep the goo out of the core until I drive awhile. Sort of like keeping the contrast-dye out of the kidney. So far the leak has stopped. I'll just have to wait until fall to see how much of the heater core I had to sacrifice. Hopefully this will buy me six months to a year. I only drive the car about 4,000 miles a year.