Move car w/ NO coolant?

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I mistakenly read the torque of my radiator drain plug as nm instead of kg-cm resulting in me breaking off the head. I won't be able to get the part until tomorrow and I'd like to close the garage which the bacl end is blocking. Can I safely drive my car back off the ramps and then forward into the garage? About 10ft total and maybe 30secs. 2008 Mazda CX-9 Thanks in advance! P.S. any tips on removing the plastic bolt that's left inside the drain hole?
 
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No problem. Your car won't get anywhere near up to temperature in the 30sec you have it running. If you have a left-hand drillbit, drill slowly into the plug and allow it to grab and back the plug out.
 

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Originally Posted by gregk24
What about water pump? Running that dry does not sound good to me.
Yea, I wouldn't risk it at all. I'd get a few burly neighbors to help move it.
 
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Originally Posted by gregk24
What about water pump? Running that dry does not sound good to me.
Highly unlikely ALL the coolant was drained. Even if t were, it would not be harmed for that short duration.
 
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Back in the day my friends use to abuse the heck out of engines that were in vehicles that were going to the bone-yard and then see if they would still run. They did.
 
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Originally Posted by JimPghPA
Back in the day my friends use to abuse the heck out of engines that were in vehicles that were going to the bone-yard and then see if they would still run. They did.
Most people have a little bit higher of a standard than, "dang, she still runnin'??? woo!"
 

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Originally Posted by JohnnyJohnson
Unless its up a very steep hill why wouldn't you just get a couple people to help you move it?
Good idea! Better safe than sorry. Flat driveway and garage. Wife can steer and I'll push.
 

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Originally Posted by oldhp
Correct me if I'm wrong but the water pump does not use coolant to lubricate itself. It is a sealed bearing. Right???
Dunno, always thought the coolant lubricated as well.
 
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Originally Posted by SavagePatch
Originally Posted by oldhp
Correct me if I'm wrong but the water pump does not use coolant to lubricate itself. It is a sealed bearing. Right???
Dunno, always thought the coolant lubricated as well.
No absolutely not, water pumps have sealed bearings. They do have a finite service life but it's not based on the quality or quantity of coolant in the engine.
 
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The bearing isn't lubricated by the coolant, but the seal absolutely is. I wouldn't start it without coolant on a triple dog dare. Roll it off the ramps, and push it in. Just my opinion.
 
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I moved my maxima once w/o coolant (from tow-truck to the garage)- didn't have any issues in the the flowing years.
 
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