Hey everyone...my first post...anyways, this is my second car and by far my favorite. Anyway, I am having a huge problem.
Yesterday...Thursday, I picked up my car from a garage down the street that specializes in radiators. I have 109000 miles on the car and I wanted to get the radiator flushed so I did and made sure I got it replaced with dexcool. Anyway, I drive off the lot and notice that the temp was slightly higher than normal and about 5 miles later it was at about 230 degrees. I called them up and he said it was normal and an air bubble had to pass through or something. So I forgot about it.
Since then I have driven to work or the gym, no more than 7 miles a trip...and at times my temp had risen to 255 or 260 degrees. So tonight, Im driving to my moms on the highway and all of a sudden a message read "Coolant hot" and soon there after "Stop Engine: Engine overheated" Panicking, I did with my sister and cat in the car we waited for the tow truck while seeing the steam pour out of my engine. My change engine oil message also appeared at the same time when yesterday it read 33% life left.
Under the car I saw two small puddles (like 6" in diameter under the front wheels) couldnt tell what it was but both were clear and smelled sweet. The tow truck came and brought it to the garage that was suppose to flush it but they wont open again until MONDAY! I also squeezed the hose above the radiator and there was nothing in it.
My questions are (please help)
1. Why did the change engine oil come on?
2. Is it normal for the engine to overheat before the air bubble leaves? How long does it normally take?
3. Could I have massivly damaged my engine? (when it said stop, I did immediately stop)
4. Could my thermostat have gone? If so, how can you tell..is there a check engine code that could pop up?
5. Could it be an error on their part?
Any more information is GREATLY appreciated, I dont want to get shafted by that garage.