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Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Buyers guide - DEN­NIS D. FOURIE, SOUTHFIELD

We have all had that prob­lem, you start the car and then you no­tice the tem­per­a­ture warn­ing or the dreaded “check en­gine” light.

You think to your­self: “I just filled the ra­di­a­tor yes­ter­day!” You’ve just sprung a leak and don’t have the money or the time to buy a new one – then still have to take it to a re­li­able me­chanic to have it in­stalled.

One easy so­lu­tion: tumeric, or curry pow­der as every­one else calls it. A cou­ple table spoons in the ra­di­a­tor and it seals the leak al­most in­stantly.

My son used to race karts, when he was younger at Kil­lar­ney Race track in Cape Town. Dur­ing one of his races, a leak sprung in his rada­tor. He pulled in to the puts said “that’s it! My sea­sons over.” I told him to give me five min­utes and came back with a box of curry pow­der I com­man­deered from a food truck and put it in the ra­di­a­tor.

He didn’t be­lieve it at first – he ac­tu­ally thought I was cook­ing – but much to his sur­prise it did work and he man­aged to not only fin­ish, but win the sea­son that year.

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