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This is a discussion on Check Gauge Light within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I was taking my 98' Trans Am WS6 on a trip and didnt get to far. I was on cruise ...

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    I was taking my 98' Trans Am WS6 on a trip and didnt get to far. I was on cruise control about 80 mph and checked my Temp gauge. It went from 210 to way in the red in a matter of seconds. The "Check Gauges" light came on and my car shut down. Turns out I ran out of coolant.....most likely a hole in the radiator or passenger side hose, not sure until I check it out tomorrow seeing I had to have it towed home late.
    But the question is, when the check gauge light comes on is there an automatic shutdown when something isnt right? Or do I have to worry about that being an engine failure?
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    I do not think the 1998 TA has an auto shut down for overheating. I think you may have blown the engine. See if it will turn over, if not then you are in trouble. If it does turn over then I would start by taking a compression reading of all cylinders. If that is ok, change the plugs and make sure all fluids are full with NO LEAKS. Good Luck.
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    Good start

    Like he said try turning the crank over first. If it will move you're in a good spot. If it's frozen, not so good.

    If it doesn't move, then open all the plugs and disconnect the fuel injectors from the wire harness. That way you don't flood them. Look down into each and make sure they do not have any liquid in them. If you spot some, make a note of which cylinder. If it's full you have a couple of options either suck it out or turn the key and have the compression push it out. Try turning it over again. If it still doesn't turn over you most likely have a blown motor. If it does turn over you're very lucky but it doesn't mean you don't have to tear into it some. I would also do a compression check on all cylinders too.



    Also I haven't heard of any F-body having auto-shut down for over heating.

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    I had the car towed on a flatbed and I was able to start it and get it into the garage. It stalled a few times but it will do that if I dont let it warm up usually. Couldnt tell if it was running right or not seeing that I had to rush it into the garage. I dont want to damage the engine any worse than it is by letting it run w/out coolant. You may ask, "why dont you just add water and try?'' .......Answer is, as soon as I poor water in, it just pours out. I am still searching to see where the culprit is, hard to tell w/ all the parts and frame in the way.

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    Wow..... Check everything then. I wonder if one of the water plugs might have gave out? In this thread it will show you the locations of the coolant plugs for the block


    DIY cooling sytem flush

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    Well we found why it pissed out all the coolant. It was a blown heater core hose coming from the water pump. Now the question is where can I find a replacement? It is rubber from the water pump then it is crimped into metal hosing (similar to a/c hosing) and then back to rubber into the firewall. I wonder if its a dealer item or is it something I have to call a "hose maker".......I have no idea seeing I have never dealt w/ something like this. Any inputs are appreciated

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    Check the dealer and check any auto parts stores in your area. You might luck out and find a shop that deals with hydraulic equipment(machinery/hose fabbing).

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    I'd check with them.

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    you can get it from the dealer. I was quote around $120 for it. I went another route and made my own but it's time consuming and you need to keep readjusting the clamps. This is the write up I did:

    Water heater hose assembly

    So if you can afford it do the OEM part from GM. If your car is a daily driver and you need a quick fix you can buy heater hose and connect it straight to the water pump. Just make sure that you keep it away from the manifolds. You might need to use some cable ties.

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