I did the expansion tank this weekend. Job went well, got the coolant bled according to the Bentley procedure, everything looked good.....
....until this morning. Got a low coolant warning on my way in. Nothing out of the ordinary -- I'd had my suspicions that the coolant tank might not have solved my leak, and when it's come up in the past, I simply topped up while the car was cool after work. I have been watching the temperature gauge like a hawk since the weekend, and no issues came up. Then today, it started to get past halfway -- quickly. Dammit
, I say to myself, better get off the road.
So I try to get over -- no luck, cars blowing past me on the right. My state of panic wasn't helping. I finally make the right lane, and I am caught between exits. Of course, I am without my cell phone, so parking on the highway would be problematic at best. I kill the motor and coast as long as I can with the hazards on.
I finally made it to the Parkdale exit, and got it off the road. I got CAA to tow it to Autobahn in Manotick, and we'll see what happens (if Todd ever gets to it).
I have a bad feeling that I have really screwed it up, and it's my own damn fault.
I am trying to console myself with the fact that the car wasn't worth much, even before this morning's events, so if it is toast, it won't be too much of a financial hit. But still, there is the issue of my "car guy" pride and credibility, which may have taken a serious hit today.
If the motor is done, or the car's too expensive to fix, I will likely get my impact gun out, and the feeding frenzy for parts can begin.