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I refilled my radiator fluid.. and drove an hour down the highway to the next town to see my girlfriend. I heard something weird...

When I looked I saw my radiator reservoir was boiling! Steam was shooting out the shoot on the right where it comes out but it wasn't smoking. I totally panicked ...freaked out....

Then I looked.... My radiator cap was not on all the way....err...oops... I just want to make sure that this is what normally happens if you don't have a cap on. It basically boiled for about 5 minutes then suddenly stopped pretty quickly.

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You're not an idiot. You're human.

Now, if you didn't learn from this oversight and repeated your mistake you'd technically be stupid.

Stupid = knowing better, but still repeating the same mistake.

Dumb = not knowing any better and not able to learn the correct method.

Idiot = being a jerk, like peeling your mustang out of cars and coffee right into a tree.

Read more auotmotive mishaps here:

http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/17-off-topic-discussion/206458-stupid-car-tricks.html
 

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Very common for it to boil if not under pressure. I actually once heard that this was part of the reason a 6L Powerstroke blew head gaskets (I only heard it once and I know it's not the primary reason, but it might've been a contributing factor). Apparently the radiator caps on the 6L Powerstroke didn't properly seal. So there wasn't enough pressure to raise the boiling point and a 6L pretty much just pumped through boiling coolant, which is hard on head gaskets. As I said, may not have been the primary reason the head gaskets failed, but could definitely be a contributing factor.

I'm thinking if it was just for five minutes you're fine. Just don't do it again! :)
 

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You're not an idiot. You're human.

Now, if you didn't learn from this oversight and repeated your mistake you'd technically be stupid.

Stupid = knowing better, but still repeating the same mistake.

Dumb = not knowing any better and not able to learn the correct method.

Idiot = being a jerk, like peeling your mustang out of cars and coffee right into a tree.

Read more auotmotive mishaps here:

http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/17-off-topic-discussion/206458-stupid-car-tricks.html
Don't forget - Insane: repeating the same mistake and expecting different results.
 

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Don't feel bad I did the same thing. Drove about 6 miles and coolant boiled up like you stated but mine was the little plastic cap on the reservoir popped it right off. Was in a hurry to top it off when mine was leaking on the water outlet or upper water neck whatever it's called. In the dark and only got cap on part way.
 
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