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    Driving home from work on rt 4 on the st Mary's side. Saw a guy pull on the right hand shoulder with his hood up and a huge, what I thought was smoke cloud, coming from his hood. As I passed I saw another guy frantically pouring water on another guys face. I assume what I thought was smoke was actually the steam from his radiator? Really hope he didn't pop the hood and try to open it after driving. Anyone know what happened and if the guys is ok?
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    That's what it sounds like. Like you, hope he is ok...
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    Sounds like the guy getting water poured onto his face popped the radiator cap and got a face-full of overheated coolant. If your car has an overflow tank and a radiator cap, just loosen the cap on the overflow tank enough to release pressure; keeping the face out of the way, of course. NEVER pop the cap on an overheated radiator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MR47930 View Post
    Driving home from work on rt 4 on the st Mary's side. Saw a guy pull on the right hand shoulder with his hood up and a huge, what I thought was smoke cloud, coming from his hood. As I passed I saw another guy frantically pouring water on another guys face. I assume what I thought was smoke was actually the steam from his radiator? Really hope he didn't pop the hood and try to open it after driving. Anyone know what happened and if the guys is ok?
    Most likely the case. I can't fathom how people don't understand this concept or were never informed at some earlier part in their life (drivers ed?). Hell, most, if not all, cars have a diagram on the engine bay, radiator cap and overflow box.

    A couple weeks back, my brother ..... a highly educated / fairly high ranking Fed Gov't employee .... had his car overheat on Suitland Pwky heading home. I told him I'd head that way in the event he needed a hand. A few minutes later, he called me from the parking lot of a Napa and was asking me what "hole" he needed to pour the coolant into because the labels were faded and he wasn't sure. Had he not been unsure (or the labels were clear), his intent was to crack the radiator open and fill her up. By the time I got there 20 minutes later, she was still hot, still under pressure and it took another 30 minutes before it was safe to open. He'd had been another burn victim if he didn't think to call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEEKAYPEE8569 View Post
    Sounds like the guy getting water poured onto his face popped the radiator cap and got a face-full of overheated coolant. If your car has an overflow tank and a radiator cap, just loosen the cap on the overflow tank enough to release pressure; keeping the face out of the way, of course. NEVER pop the cap on an overheated radiator.
    An overflow tank is not pressurized to begin with. And you can usually hear the racket from a full-blown overheat venting noisily in to the overflow tank..and even making the overflow tank overflow...

    A close friend of mine's face and neck are permanently scarred from exactly that kind of incident many years ago. He spent some time in a hospital as a result...steam burns are nasty.
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    Surprised car manufacturers haven't installed some type of safety measure to prevent burns from opening a hot cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilligan View Post
    An overflow tank is not pressurized to begin with. And you can usually hear the racket from a full-blown overheat venting noisily in to the overflow tank..and even making the overflow tank overflow...

    A close friend of mine's face and neck are permanently scarred from exactly that kind of incident many years ago. He spent some time in a hospital as a result...steam burns are nasty.
    I know it's not pressurized. The radiator is. The overflow tank is there to collect the expanding coolant that is heated by the engine and recycles it back into the coolant system once it loses enough heat . What I'm saying is, DON'T immediately unscrew the radiator cap (if so equipped) on an overheated radiator. Stop, open the hood, wait for the "the racket" to stop, THEN very slowly unscrew the overflow tank cap just enough to release the hot water/air pressure, while keeping hands/faces away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forkian View Post
    Surprised car manufacturers haven't installed some type of safety measure to prevent burns from opening a hot cap.
    Radiator caps have had a double lock on them and or a safety lever for 60 plus years.. Folks need to learn to read.. Kinna like filling up a HOT engines cooling system, Its all good until it blows back 200* plus water in your face while you are looking down at the radiator.
    Originally Posted by littlelady View Post
    I just reported you. You are one scary individual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forkian View Post
    Surprised car manufacturers haven't installed some type of safety measure to prevent burns from opening a hot cap.
    Don't know if they're still used; or if they're even still made, but years ago, there was a radiator cap with what amounts to a pressure release tab. In the event of an overheat, pop the tab and step back while the pressure abates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEEKAYPEE8569 View Post
    Don't know if they're still used; or if they're even still made, but years ago, there was a radiator cap with what amounts to a pressure release tab. In the event of an overheat, pop the tab and stop back while the pressure abates.
    They are still being made, Thats why regular caps have a double lock on them. You can take a rag and use it like a pot holder and turn the cap about a 1/8th of a turn and it will release the pressure along with some antifreeze.. Its safer to let it cool for 30 min.
    Originally Posted by littlelady View Post
    I just reported you. You are one scary individual.

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