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Sep 17, 2020 2:26 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
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Sep 17, 2020 2:27 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
Inthewoods: They told you $461.00 each for the repairs? Stay away from the repair in a bottle, it's time to fix your car. How many miles are on your 2007 Fusion? Before you start putting money into it, you might consider a newer car... not new, just newer? Otherwise, get a second opinion, but to replace a oil pan gasket for $450.00 doesn't sound to bad, cheap part, lots of labor. Same for the radiator, the price is about right for a (New) radiator, be sure to get original type parts... I don't trust mechanics... While they have your radiator out, you should replace your water pump, and the upper and lower radiator hoses at the same time, How many miles on your car, and do you want to keep it come in to play...

Without knowing the mileage on your Ford Fusion, it sounds like it's time for some repairs, or a newer car...

Good luck...
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Sep 17, 2020 2:34 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
Inthewoods
InthewoodsInthewoodsColorado Springs, Colorado USA6,921 Posts
I just read all the posts, if you only have 78,000 miles on it, I would fix it, I have 79,000 on my 1991 Toyota... it's just broke in... laugh


Finding someone you can trust is very important ... wave
Sep 17, 2020 2:42 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
..buy a half litre..of gas1... And sprinkle it over the ENGINE....&STAND WELL BACK. BEFORE.....YOU THROW THE LIGHTED. MATCH. IN....professor professor
Sep 17, 2020 2:45 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
Butin: ..buy a half litre..of gas1... And sprinkle it over the ENGINE....&STAND WELL BACK. BEFORE.....YOU THROW THE LIGHTED. MATCH. IN....
Don't forget to make an insurance claim and blame a BLM member.thumbs up
Sep 17, 2020 2:47 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
Inthewoods: They told you $461.00 each for the repairs? Stay away from the repair in a bottle, it's time to fix your car. How many miles are on your 2007 Fusion? Before you start putting money into it, you might consider a newer car... not new, just newer? Otherwise, get a second opinion, but to replace a oil pan gasket for $450.00 doesn't sound to bad, cheap part, lots of labor. Same for the radiator, the price is about right for a (New) radiator, be sure to get original type parts... I don't trust mechanics... While they have your radiator out, you should replace your water pump, and the upper and lower radiator hoses at the same time, How many miles on your car, and do you want to keep it come in to play...

Without knowing the mileage on your Ford Fusion, it sounds like it's time for some repairs, or a newer car...

Good luck...
Woodsman.................78,000 miles on my car.
Sep 17, 2020 3:07 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
Mercedes_00
Mercedes_00Mercedes_00Sydney, New South Wales Australia18 Threads 22,376 Posts
GeneralBeacon: Don't forget to make an insurance claim and blame a BLM member.
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Sep 17, 2020 3:12 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
secretagent09: I have an engine oil leak. My driveway is a mess from the leak. I took my car to a mechanic that I've been to before and he said I need a new radiator that will cost $461. He also said the sealer around the oil pan is leaking and that will be another $461. That sounds suspicious to me.

I was told I can let the oil pan leak go for now but I should get a new radiator because there might be a crack in the radiator and it could burst open at high speed. I also read that leaking oil could cause a fire.

I remember many many years ago someone telling me about Stop the Leak that you pour it into the radiator and it seals the leak. I'm wondering if any CS member knows anything about Stop the Leak.

On a scale of 1 to 100 I know zero about cars. I think the mechanic said there are two compartments in the radiator. If I use Stop the Leak do I just open the radiator cap and pour it in?

Even though I know zilch about cars I'm sure that Stop the Leak shouldn't mix with the cooling system liquid. So how do I know where to pour it in?

I have a 2007 Ford Fusion.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
Do you get the aarp monthly magazine, M.There is an article dealing with these problems in the latest issue.
Sep 17, 2020 3:36 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
2intrigued
2intrigued2intriguedMississauga, Ontario Canada15 Threads 25,285 Posts
secretagent09: I have an engine oil leak. My driveway is a mess from the leak. I took my car to a mechanic that I've been to before and he said I need a new radiator that will cost $461. He also said the sealer around the oil pan is leaking and that will be another $461. That sounds suspicious to me.

I was told I can let the oil pan leak go for now but I should get a new radiator because there might be a crack in the radiator and it could burst open at high speed. I also read that leaking oil could cause a fire.

I remember many many years ago someone telling me about Stop the Leak that you pour it into the radiator and it seals the leak. I'm wondering if any CS member knows anything about Stop the Leak.

On a scale of 1 to 100 I know zero about cars. I think the mechanic said there are two compartments in the radiator. If I use Stop the Leak do I just open the radiator cap and pour it in?

Even though I know zilch about cars I'm sure that Stop the Leak shouldn't mix with the cooling system liquid. So how do I know where to pour it in?

I have a 2007 Ford Fusion.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
I suspect that using a stop leak product runs the risk of gumming something up that shouldn't be gummed up but I suppose those products are good as a band aid measure. Ultimately, you're going to want to get the leaks fixed at some point and I would get at least a second opinion and quote to get the job done. Some mechanics are good at hosing people and they typically try that out on women because they think women don't know much about cars. Hopefully, your cars leaking problem will hold off long enough until such time as you have the money to get it done. wave
Sep 17, 2020 4:22 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
secretagent09: I have an engine oil leak. My driveway is a mess from the leak. I took my car to a mechanic that I've been to before and he said I need a new radiator that will cost $461. He also said the sealer around the oil pan is leaking and that will be another $461. That sounds suspicious to me.

I was told I can let the oil pan leak go for now but I should get a new radiator because there might be a crack in the radiator and it could burst open at high speed. I also read that leaking oil could cause a fire.

I remember many many years ago someone telling me about Stop the Leak that you pour it into the radiator and it seals the leak. I'm wondering if any CS member knows anything about Stop the Leak.

On a scale of 1 to 100 I know zero about cars. I think the mechanic said there are two compartments in the radiator. If I use Stop the Leak do I just open the radiator cap and pour it in?

Even though I know zilch about cars I'm sure that Stop the Leak shouldn't mix with the cooling system liquid. So how do I know where to pour it in?

I have a 2007 Ford Fusion.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
Hey Secret09, the price of a new radiator sounds about right but if your car is not over heating or losing to much coolant it should be ok.. if its your radiator that has the the leak you can try the stop leak stuff but keep an eye on water temperature and coolant levels, the stop leak stuff can gum up the cooling system a bit and your water temp can be a bit higher than normal if you use it..
As for your oil leak, the oil pan or oil sump pan is on the very bottom of the engine and should not be dripping oil on to exhaust system; this is where the risk of fire is bad..
Keep an eye on oil levels and how much is used every week or so and if your happy with it oil consumption it should be fine; the price of replacing the oil pan gasket is suspect the gasket would only be around $20 to $30 the rest would be the labour of putting it on, mechanics are around $75 to $ 100 an hour here so putting a new pan gasket on your car will take around 4 hours; super suspect Secret09..
Sep 17, 2020 4:39 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
Butcher559: Hey Secret09, the price of a new radiator sounds about right but if your car is not over heating or losing to much coolant it should be ok.. if its your radiator that has the the leak you can try the stop leak stuff but keep an eye on water temperature and coolant levels, the stop leak stuff can gum up the cooling system a bit and your water temp can be a bit higher than normal if you use it..
As for your oil leak, the oil pan or oil sump pan is on the very bottom of the engine and should not be dripping oil on to exhaust system; this is where the risk of fire is bad..
Keep an eye on oil levels and how much is used every week or so and if your happy with it oil consumption it should be fine; the price of replacing the oil pan gasket is suspect the gasket would only be around $20 to $30 the rest would be the labour of putting it on, mechanics are around $75 to $ 100 an hour here so putting a new pan gasket on your car will take around 4 hours; super suspect Secret09..
Knock on wood.........My car never overheats. I live in North Carolina and it's very hot down here. I was in a traffic jam a week ago and I watched the diagram on the dashboard and the marker never moved. It's always straight in the middle.

I think I've gotten good suggestions not to use the Stop the Leak stuff. My car has basically low mileage for a 13 year old car and it's in good shape. The biggest expenses I've had are in 2014 I had to replace the computer system that cost me $1,000 and in 2015 I had to replace the drive shaft that cost me $950.00. Other than that all I do is get the oil changed every 3,000 miles. Since I'm retired I don't even have to replace the tires anymore.

I know how to check the oil. Stick out.....wipe.....stick back in.....stick out......check the markings. I'm not talking about anything except my car laugh

Thank you Butcher....
Sep 17, 2020 4:50 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
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bodleing2online today!bodleing2Manchester, Greater Manchester, England UK45 Threads 4,317 Posts
Stop leak is a temporary fix, just to get you home. It will make your rad less efficient requiring a replacement eventually.
Before it was on the market people used to claim dropping an egg into the rad could cure a leak....never tried that one myself...laugh
Sep 17, 2020 4:52 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
bodleing2: Stop leak is a temporary fix, just to get you home. It will make your rad less efficient requiring a replacement eventually.
Before it was on the market people used to claim dropping an egg into the rad could cure a leak....never tried that one myself...
wave Would you believe in my research I read that people used to put black pepper in their radiator doh
Sep 17, 2020 4:58 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
bodleing2online today!
bodleing2online today!bodleing2Manchester, Greater Manchester, England UK45 Threads 4,317 Posts
secretagent09: Would you believe in my research I read that people used to put black pepper in their radiator
Well I guess if nothing else it would spice the journey up a bit.

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Sep 18, 2020 3:37 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
secretagent09: Would you believe in my research I read that people used to put black pepper in their radiator
Yep i heard of this one to and the egg in your radiator, would only try these trick if your really stuck..
Next time you get an oil change ask if they can do the oil pan gasket, it shouldn't take that long to do and cost should be minimal;; and get them to find the leak in your radiator and show you, it may not be your radiator and will most likely be your water pump;; water pump is about a $100 part and would take an hour or less to replace, best of luck with your car Secret09...
Sep 18, 2020 3:57 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
bodleing2: Stop leak is a temporary fix, just to get you home. It will make your rad less efficient requiring a replacement eventually.
Before it was on the market people used to claim dropping an egg into the rad could cure a leak....never tried that one myself...
that's an old trick and must be well known ,, but don't use a boiled egg or include the shell ,, when the egg reaches the hole it gets stuck and cooks ,,, job done..
Sep 18, 2020 3:58 PM CST I Need Advice About My Car
michaelright: that's an old trick and must be well known ,, but don't use a boiled egg or include the shell ,, when the egg reaches the hole it gets stuck and cooks ,,, job done..
I was talking about the rad hole there ,,, not the hens...moping
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