: Broke down on my way back home...



RippyPartsDept
06-09-13, 08:08 PM
Great day in Atlantic beach.
Followed by a water pump failure half-way home. Just south of Jacksonville.
Awaiting tow.
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Sux

VEGASELDO91
06-09-13, 08:10 PM
Sorry to hear that. I hope Bianca is back on the road very soon! Be safe!

rodnok01
06-09-13, 08:11 PM
If that ain't a kick in the pants, well at least it was on the way home. If I was closer I'd bring ya a beer or 12.

RippyPartsDept
06-09-13, 08:25 PM
I'm apparently sharing a tow with one of my customers with a Saab. Gonna be an hour to wait.

Bianca will be back on the road before lunch tomorrow.

CTSCHICK
06-09-13, 08:42 PM
I thought you owned an ATS?? until I saw the hood ornament I thought that is what broke down

Cadillac Kid03
06-09-13, 08:59 PM
Sorry to hear about that it always sucks when that happens.

RippyPartsDept
06-09-13, 09:17 PM
I thought you owned an ATS?? until I saw the hood ornament I thought that is what broke down

I wish...

Ranger
06-09-13, 09:31 PM
W/P failure?

CadillacLuke24
06-09-13, 09:39 PM
That sucks Chris. Glad it's a short turnaround.

RippyPartsDept
06-09-13, 10:15 PM
Yeah ... Leaking like a sieve. Filled up w water a couple miles after getting the low coolant message and that lasted about a mile til the message came on again. Pulled over again right away and found myself in front of the dead end sign.

RippyPartsDept
06-09-13, 10:16 PM
Thanks for the kind words folks.

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That was this afternoon

talismandave
06-09-13, 11:37 PM
Sucks but love the dead end photo!:lol:

77CDV
06-10-13, 12:06 AM
Sorry to hear it, Rippy. Glad to know it's a simple quick fix.

Aztec ETC ECS
06-10-13, 09:18 AM
I'm surprised at you. Should have had a WP in stock.

Ranger
06-10-13, 10:53 AM
Odd that a WP would suddenly start to leak THAT badly so as to leave you stranded.

RippyPartsDept
06-10-13, 11:10 AM
I'm surprised at you. Should have had a WP in stock.
... not sure what you mean ... we do have a WP in stock ...

if you mean i should have had one in the trunk ... well i'm sure not going to change it on the side of the road ...

what do you think i look like?

this guy... ?

http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/791/pwo1992.jpg

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Odd that a WP would suddenly start to leak THAT badly so as to leave you stranded.

That's what i thought ... i almost stopped and grabbed like 8 gallons of water and figured that i could make it home filling it up every 10-15 miles or so but i decided to just play it safe

Aztec ETC ECS
06-10-13, 12:02 PM
what do you think i look like?
this guy... ?

http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/791/pwo1992.jpg


No. You're much better looking!

RippyPartsDept
06-10-13, 03:12 PM
so it turns out it was the radiator

i had pretty much ruled it out since i had a new radiator installed back in march

this one was leaking really badly right in front of the w/p down low

77CDV
06-10-13, 03:14 PM
So it'll be replaced under warranty?

RippyPartsDept
06-10-13, 04:18 PM
Well the rad is covered but I still need to buy the tech a case of beer to do it. And the $100 I spent on the tow isn't covered either.

orconn
06-10-13, 04:29 PM
Yeah, the famous "Good Wrench" warranty only covers the part not the labor to correct the problem caused by the defect part. Seems like a rather poor substitute for a "real" work warrantee. GM always looking out for you.

RippyPartsDept
06-10-13, 04:39 PM
Well the radiator was from 1-800-RADIATOR ... more than half the cost of the one from GM (even at my employee discount)

they would cover the labor (and so would the GM parts warranty) IF i had the part installed here

technically i had it installed in the parking lot here and it was not 'on the books' so there's no RO paperwork to file a labor warranty against

oh well... i'm getting it cheap enough already

orconn
06-10-13, 04:45 PM
I had the air conditioning compressor replaced twice at Moore Cadillac. Both times the compressor was covered but the labor was not covered under the "Good Wrench" warranty. Are you telling me the dealer cheated me by charging me for labor inspite of the parts being purchased and labor performed at Moore Cadillac?

ben.gators
06-10-13, 05:01 PM
so it turns out it was the radiator


Plastic radiators! :nono:

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Well the radiator was from 1-800-RADIATOR ... more than half the cost of the one from GM (even at my employee discount)

they would cover the labor (and so would the GM parts warranty) IF i had the part installed here

technically i had it installed in the parking lot here and it was not 'on the books' so there's no RO paperwork to file a labor warranty against

oh well... i'm getting it cheap enough already

I bought mine from Amazon! Amazon carries Delphi radiators for our cars, which is exactly the same factory part.

RippyPartsDept
06-10-13, 05:08 PM
It was not the plastic ... leaked from a seam in the core right in front of the water pump spraying at the belt slinging it around and dripping down from under the pump

couldn't tell until we put it up in the air under pressure

...

how much does amazon charge for the delphi/oem radiator?

i only paid $107 for this one originally back in march

ben.gators
06-10-13, 06:30 PM
I paid $95 and amazon shipped it for free.... to Hawaii! :D
Mine was leaking from plastic tanks!

RippyPartsDept
06-10-13, 07:42 PM
Yeah that's where my original leaked from.

Ranger
06-10-13, 09:33 PM
so it turns out it was the radiator
Now THAT makes more sense than the WP.


i had pretty much ruled it out since i had a new radiator installed back in march
Yikes!



Well the radiator was from 1-800-RADIATOR Hmm. Note to self............

bigm57ict
06-11-13, 08:39 AM
I am now on my third radiator from O'Reilly Auto. I only paid for the first one, but then there is my labor to remove and install.
On the plus side, I'm getting pretty good at it. It's not a good sign when you can gather all the tools you will need before even starting.

talismandave
06-11-13, 10:28 AM
You will be ready for the radiator "pit crew" soon if you get your time down a little!

dkozloski
06-11-13, 03:14 PM
All my radiator failures have been associated with something that allowed the radiator to flex. In one case it was a loose mounting bolt. In another case it was a failed weld on a radiator support. Maybe a little inspection is in order

ryannel2003
06-11-13, 03:25 PM
so it turns out it was the radiator

i had pretty much ruled it out since i had a new radiator installed back in march

this one was leaking really badly right in front of the w/p down low

Mine went out on the Seville at 85k miles. The side tank had a small crack and it was weeping a bit of coolant. That was $500 spent I wish I had tried DIY'ing myself.

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I paid $95 and amazon shipped it for free.... to Hawaii! :D
Mine was leaking from plastic tanks!

Is that an OEM part? That's not bad at all. I think I'm going to do a cooling system overhaul on whatever Cadillac I decide to buy. I've learned from owning a BMW that it's important to get all of that stuff out of the way.

RippyPartsDept
06-11-13, 03:32 PM
All my radiator failures have been associated with something that allowed the radiator to flex. In one case it was a loose mounting bolt. In another case it was a failed weld on a radiator support. Maybe a little inspection is in orderyeah there's more to this story but I'd rather not call out the parties at fault publicly

for now lets just say i'm happy with the outcome even though i was 'inconvenienced' sunday night

ben.gators
06-11-13, 04:23 PM
Mine went out on the Seville at 85k miles. The side tank had a small crack and it was weeping a bit of coolant. That was $500 spent I wish I had tried DIY'ing myself.

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Is that an OEM part? That's not bad at all. I think I'm going to do a cooling system overhaul on whatever Cadillac I decide to buy. I've learned from owning a BMW that it's important to get all of that stuff out of the way.

Yes, it was the OEM part. Delphi manufactures many parts for our cars, and GM pastes an Ac Delco label on it and sells it as OEM part. For example, our CVRSS systems, and many of actuators in our cars are actually made by Delphi.

RippyPartsDept
06-11-13, 04:34 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphi_Automotive
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphi_Automotive)
Delphi of today is no longer the Delphi of pre-2008

ben.gators
06-11-13, 06:49 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphi_Automotive
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphi_Automotive)
Delphi of today is no longer the Delphi of pre-2008

I think Delphi is still a part supplier for GM and Cadillac, isn't it?

RippyPartsDept
06-11-13, 07:06 PM
Yes. But as the wiki article details its not like it used to be and a lot of what used to be Delphi is no longer actually Delphi.