Cool­ing Off

4 x 4 Australia - - Driven -

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.

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