Of hoses and coolant

Sooooo, yeah. I had to go to the dentist today. I thought I’d take the Buick. It ran fine on the way out, didn’t smell any oil burning off the exhaust, all good things.

When I came out of the office, there was a puddle of coolant under the car. Grrr.

A hose connecting the water pump to the heater lines had failed. It was an OE hose, 27+years old. Surprise, surprise. So, on this 89 degree day, I called AAA to get a tow home. Surprise! Five hour backlog.

I ended up walking to an Autozone that was a mile from the dentist and retrieved a replacement hose, some tools, and a bottle of coolant. Swapped it in the parking lot, drove it home. No more leaks. Yay.

How does this thing work now?

So, all this work, and no updates on how well it did… until now:

Driving impressions? Very good. The day before this event, I taught at the local drivers’ school. Aside from student that showed up with a bone stock Evo X, my car handles better than everything else I drove that day. A lot better.

Now, that said, I was still puking oil everywhere. Turns out I had a very slight head gasket leak. I’ve just replace the driver side head gasket and will be putting it through its paces this week in preparation for the next event on June 28th.