97 dakota, cliick/tapping noise, brown liquid spray, help
This morning i ran to the store and noticed a clicking/tapping type noise under the hood, then later that night i ran about 1 1/2 miles down the road and the noise was there, louder, so i popped the hood and was immedialty sprayed in the face with liquid, there is a spray line on the underside of the hood from the belts. the steering and braking both seem fine. the liquid appears to be a rusty almost brownish color. Hard to tell in the dark with a flashlight. Also it seemed like the pulley that the radiator fan runs off is loose. If i push on the fan the whole pulley seems to move. Is that a bad water pump? Any info is appreciated as this is my only means of transportation. work is monday so i only have so much time to fix this issue. thanks
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Re: 97 dakota, cliick/tapping noise, brown liquid spray,...
I would expect that the water pump has failed and would take a look closer in the morning and make sure nothing else has cracked, i expect the pump housing has but make sure its not a crack in the block or anything.
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IT'S your antifreeze it dosn't last for ever.
A Lincolin has a vary large block and cooling system .
Yours is an 98 thats means its 17 years old..
It might be time to flush this system check the raditaor and heater core water pump ECT .
well the powersteering pump is two inches thick and shaped like a kidney will have a belt and pulley running to it black cap with rounded corners but shaped like the old type outside water tap handles. the only other fluid reservoir there is the brakes an that is close to firewall above steering column....hope this helps...also can check owners manual or purchase for 20$ haynes mechanic manual at local parts store....will tell u all about your car with picture and numbered arrow direction.
COULD BE A BAD FUEL PUMP EVEN THOUGH ITS NEW, TRY THE FUSES IN THE MAIN FUSE BOX UNDER THE HOOD, ALSO TRY DISCONNECTING THE BATTERY CABLES FOR ABOUT 5 MINS, LASTLY IT MAY BE THE ECM [computer on fire wall]
HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEWHAT
Air/fuel/spark. check the 3, and then do a dummy test. I know , im not insulting you, but my dakota wont start if my gascap isnt screwed down all the way, it throws a sensor and it wont start. So just do all the dummy stuff you know has to be done to start it, put it in park, close all the doors, stuff like that, never know, could be something simple. if not, as above, Air/fuel/spark. need all 3 to start an engine.
heated water goes to your heater core under your dash..though you shouldnt be hearing it usually..be sure water level is up at radiator overflow reservoir and pay attention in cabin of any sweet smell of coolant indicating a failing /leaking heater core....look for damp carpet on passenger front area if suspicious
do you still have all your power when you try to turn the engine over? If so get under the truck and find the starter. have someone turn the key over. listen you should be able to hear the starter click if it does than your starter is out. all you need to do is replace it.... you might be able to SLIGHTLY tap the starter with a hammer as someone turns the key over and see if you can knock it loose. NOTICE: This will not work but maybe once. so if you can get it started this way please have your starter replaced.