was it also the reason why the engine overheated due to water leaking from the radiator? I mean, radiator lacking of water already
Yes, being low on coolant will cause you to overheat, there is NOT enough coolant circulating in the system to cool all the metal, so the engine gets hotter and hotter.
Or there could be a malfunction in the cooling system or engine that could cause it to overheat, if it gets hot enough it will boil over and all the coolant could have been forced out during the overheat.
Regardless, you have a malfunction that needs to be figured out and repaired.
Again, remember, checking the coolant overflow jug is NOT the proper way to check coolant level. You have to open the radiator (WHEN IT IS COLD) and look inside it. If the cooling system has a leak, it will NOT suck coolant back in from the Jug, so the level on the Jug will NOT be accurate.
yeah guys, lessons learned also..... maybe due to panicking that's why Bill immediately pour water upon seeing a smoke. we thought it was fire that's why water was the first solution that pop into our mind.
Ok, know you know NOT to ever open a hot radiator/cooling system, sorry your buddy has to put up with burns, but he's probably lucky it wasn't worse.
But think about it, you've seen smoke from fires before, and you've seen steam from a boiling pot of water before, remember both can come from an engine, so don't panic and assume one or the other, figure it out first. If your engine is overheating it very likely to have steam coming up from the engine compartment.
Never pour cold water over or into extremely hot metal, the thermal shock and sudden contraction can cause that metal to crack and split wide open. People have destroyed their engines pouring cold water into the cooling system of an overheated engine.
the mechanic inspected the radiator and coolant and if I remember it vividly, he said there was a damage and recommends to by another coolant to replace the damaged one.
That doesn't make any sense? Did he say Cooler? or Radiator?
Oh, RockAuto and NAPA, as well as just about every place is carrying a lot of crap for quality parts now a days. If they offer several different brands of one particular part, assume the cheapest or one much cheaper than the rest, is crap. At the very least google the brand and see if people say good or bad things about it. I can tell you to stay away from AirTex, that is one brand know for pure crap of what ever replacement part them offer. (and you can find AirTex on RockAuto or AdvanceAuto)