4 May 2014: Adventures!

Got up early this am to prep for Solon Show – #37

Met Ed and Nathan Mayer at McD’s, and east we went: brakes worked well.

On I-480 just past the bridge, the tempgage suddenly shot up!  Stopped by the side of the road: no obvous leaks, plugs looked fine.

Ed and Nathan went to get coolant – temp dropped, and then rose.  We stopped again, added coolant, let it cool, and then it got hot.  Pulled over into a Marathon Station on Warrensville, and exercised our flatbed insurance option.

at a Marathon
at a Marathon


They arrived, Mini was pushed on, and we headed back home.

at home
at home

Ed came over later:

Pressure test showed no leaks.

So we measured compression: 172,174,178,190 – so no head gasket issue.

We decided to check thermostat, and found it broken.


We reassembled with no thermostat, let it run for 5 min in driveway, and then drove for 20 min on road – no issue.

RCA – stuck thermostat, and perhaps I shall carry a spare.

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