When I got the Toy back, I didn’t recognize the coolant leak right away. I actually drove it a couple of miles with no coolant at all!
When I finally recognized the problem, I had it transported to my friend’s place in San Dimas.
After I fixed the leak, the motor didn’t sound very happy. Also, the coolant seemed to be bubbling and fizzing. These symptoms suggested a damaged motor – possibly bearing damage and head gasket or maybe even cracked head.
I called my insurance and filed a claim. They sent an adjustor, who was very helpful. But he wanted an independent evaluation of the motor’s health. So, I arranged for a mobile mechanic to come and check it out.
The mobile mechanic arrived, and immediately recognized the motor. This was an excellent start. He listened to it run, and checked the coolant for combustion gases. The diagnosis: The noise was a noisy lifter and there was no indication of combustion gases in the coolant.
I had mixed feelings, of course. If they had payed for a the cost of a motor replacement, that would have gone toward the next swap – my supercharged motor waiting in the wings. But now I don’t have to do the swap right away, and can keep having fun until I’m ready to do the swap.
The mechanic suggested clean oil and maybe an additive to quiet the lifter. I did change the oil, and it did quiet down nicely.
The insurance paid me for the towing/impound, the mechanic’s fee, money for the cleanup I did myself, money for the damaged ignition switch and stereo, and even for the cooling system repair, since it all happened when the car was stolen. I’m happy.