ok i'm at work so i don't have luxury of reading ALL of the posts, although i have read first 3 pages.. if i'm lucky enough to get seen, i need help or pointed in the right direction.
i have a 1997 Catera w/ 94k miles. the cooling has been giving me a problem that stop leak isn't helping anymore, so i swapped out the radiator that had a clear crack in it.
i was unfortunate and uneducated enough to not know that you should bleed the radiator system before excitedly driving my car home when POP! hot coolant rushes into my passenger side.
and rapidly outside of my car..
what i need, is the easiest directions to access the back of the engine area, and under my passenger dash, since i have to do this myself.. i need to check if its a hose or the core itself, easy fix i hope... if it werent bad enougth that i snapped connection off a $450 "smog reducer" while trying to remove a heater hose.. this is the most fragile, most expensive car i have ever worked on, i think they designed it to make DIY's fear it, so that we take it directly to the dealer.. they break the damn thing so they dont have to work on it either... but i do love this car, shame about all the problems it has.
i have no money to spare at a dealership, everything ive broke on this car has avg'd $400 dollars thank god these things are popping up regularly in the cash and carry junkyard. paid $27 ($350) bucks to get a coil pack, and $7 ($450) for the damn smog reducer.. sorry i think im having a meltdown..