I was driving home one day and steam started pouring from under my hood and my engine was overheating. I was able to get it home and check it out. I found there was a leak at the top passenger side of my radiator, the antifreeze was pouring out. So I got some stop leak, put it in, and it stopped the leak somewhat, however there was still antifreeze on that side of the car, just not as much. The engine was not overheating now. So I figured the leak was just too big and the stop leak couldn't fix it all the way. So I took it in to a mechanic and had them replace the radiator. They said they flushed it and ran it and everything was fine. So I drove it to work the next day, and when I got there, there was antifreeze on the Driver's side of the car near the battery this time. The car wasn't overheating, but still there was antifreeze. So my question then is what could it be, if after replacing the radiator, it leaks from the other side now? It doesn't seem like it could be the same problem, because of the change in the leak.
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Re: Anti freeze all over the place
It could be antifreeze that was on the frame after changing the radiator the best way to tell is run car through a car that has the bottom wash or in a self wash and on... rinse... spray the area around radiator ...then check again later for antifreeze on ground
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First off you are going to need a engine or a full rebuild if the temp gauge redlined.. The cause could be numerous things but if it was steaming from the back of the motor then it's either heater core hose busted or blown freeze plug.
Your mechanic needs to figure out where the coolant is going. If it is not showing up under the car or on the floor mats in the car, then the problem may be either a leaking head gasket or in your radiator. If it is the radiator, coolant may be getting into your engine oil and this is very serious.
that could be several things such as lower intake gasket leak, blown head gasket... it could be something internal considering the loss of both compression and coolant. If you haven't found a solution to the problem yet... How many miles does the vehicle have? When was the last service done? was the engine light on prior?
i recommend you don't drive to far and get a mechanic too check it out as you risk overheating and blowing the head gasket which is expensive. You need to get the cooling system pressure checked too find the leak and rectify it. hopefully just a hose but possably a water pump.
well, driving it 30 minutes after it over heated might have cause serious engine damage, warped head, and other bad engine wear, let the engine cool down park it in a level place and check the fluids, if the water has a milky substance in it then you have a bad problem, if the oil is low then check for leaks, check the transmission fluid for proper fluid level and that could stop the hard shifting.
the smoking could be coming from the fluids that leaked out and when they get hot will start smoking, antifreeze residue will smoke for a short time, it might just need to burn off
Sounds like you've got either a cracked head or blown head gasket now; this will give you your poor performance. As for what caused the overheating in the first place; you need to check out. Water pumps commonly go out, allowing the antifreeze to leak out, causing your overheating, or even heater cores. Once you got it hot, it warps the head, and blows the head gasket. More than likely, you also have white smoke coming from the exhaust, especially when you first start it for the day. The biggest worry, is if your head is warped too much, and if you have excess blow-by from the piston rings losing their strength from getting too hot.
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The first thing you need to do is check for coolant leaks, I suggest this because you seen steam coming from under the hood. Various places to check would be the radiator, hoses, water pump, heater core, head gaskets, freeze-plugs. Check the level of coolant in the radiator, but only after the engine has had time to cool-down because you could be seriously burnt by removing the cap if it has not cooled.
If the radiator is full then other causes could be; the radiator fan not working properly, the thermostat could be sticking closed, the system could be restricted not allowing coolant flow unless driving vehicle, and the water pump could be defective. These are just a few possible causes!
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