IN A remote area of the CSR the Fortuner threw up an engine warning and advised we visit a dealership. Best calculations had that as a three-day journey in either direction – and that’s if the car was driveable.
On popping the bonnet we noticed the coolant overflow was empty, and it didn’t take long to establish the lower part of the radiator had significant damage. Yet the exterior of the car had no damage.
The previous day the Fortuner was emitting a mild clunk from the front-end, something we initially suspected was a suspension component. But it appears it may have been a loose radiator from a broken bracket. It seems the radiator then jolted downwards and hit something above the sump guard, leading to holes on the core and lower tank.
Given the size of the hole we weren’t sure radiator stop-leak additives would work, so we spent hours removing the radiator to repair it with metal putty.
Our bush mechanic fix worked and we were on our way, with the Fortuner making it to Broome without another problem.