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RADIATOR COOLANT REPLACED ENGINE SMOKING

I recently put radiator fluid in my car and I filled it up so much that it overflowed a little. It was the 50/50 already with water in it. This morning after I drove for about 30 minutes the engine was smoking a medium amount. is this because I should not have filled it up, or because of what spilled? Please help

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  • morris_anika Nov 10, 2008

    it is white smoke coming from the engine compartment

  • Mike Deemer-White
    Mike Deemer-White May 11, 2010

    what kind of smoke? Black smoke, White smoke? Where was it coming from, the engine compartment or the tailpipe??

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If its coming from the engine compartment its because of what you spilled and it will burn off as the engine gets hot and wont last that long. if its coming from your tailpipe then you have a blown head gasket

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

  • toney clark Nov 11, 2008

    then yes it is just the fluid you spilt and should already be burned off

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