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I think it is falling apart.

A few months ago, I noticed an odd clunking noise, like a flat tire type sound on the right rear tire side when the brades were being used in slow speeds or lightly applied. (The brakes were checked and ok, but the noise doesn't happen when brakes are applied hard or at speeds over 35 mph.) At the same time, I started noticing the right front floorboard was damp/wet. Shortly after, the car was hard to start and if any electrical was used in the car, the headlights dim-out. Next, I noticed the engine was LOUD, especially when idling. Now if idling, the car starts to over-heat, the heater kicks in-and-out, and it smells like something is burning. I've checked the fluids regularly and the (now former) mechanic said he didn't find anything. Today, I noticed something has begun leaking under the engine area. I know it is oily, but doesn't look like engine oil. I live in a rural mtn. area, so I will be taking the car over an hour away to get another mechanic to fix it. I just was hoping to find out anything I can that may help.

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You have a few issues going on, its hard to say about the rear noise without hearing/feeling it, but its a good thing the brakes work!
if your floorboard is wet, have u looked at the under body to see if there is a hole rusted through?
hard to start and electrical problem could be battery going, or starter going.
water color is your oil? if its milky you have coolant in your oil and your block may be cracked. if your car is overheating DO NOT RUN IT
it sounds like your thermostat (which is cheap and easy to do, you can do it yourself) is bad. or your water pump could be frozen up or leaking. it may also be possible your leaking coolant somewhere, wether a line or the radiator.
since you live in a rural area, try and look deeper into each circumstance for yourself, see if you can pin point and isolate the bad areas.

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