Defensive driving instructor Debbie Ding advises how to temporarily stop leaks in a car radiator
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“If you see steam coming out from your radiator, it means a hole or a rupture in the seams,” says Debbie Ding, owner of Debbie School of Defensive Driving in Cheras, KL. “Don’t panic. Look around you. Is there a convenience store or a sundry store nearby? If there is, go get either a small bottle of black pepper powder or two eggs. Wait for the radiator to cool down and open the cap. Pour the black pepper powder into the radiator. Top up with water and close the cap. You can start the engine and drive. The black pepper powder will flow to the split or holes and block them. Or you can crack two eggs and pour the whites into the radiator. Once the water heats up, the egg whites get cooked and will be forced against the leaking hole. Drive to the nearest repair shop immediately. Remember, you can’t drive for a long distance with these quick-fixes.”
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