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Re: My 1995 VW passat stopped in the middle of the road
If the car is manual try putting it in 4th gear (on the flat with the handbrake off and get some help to give it a push. The engine should turn and the car should move with difficulty. If the car just sort of bounces back on you when you stop pushing, it would appear that the engine has siezed. If you can then get a socket head on the front of the crankshaft you should be able to turn the engine when out of gear. It will be easier if the plugs are removed. If not you're going to be looking for an engine I'm afraid. Best of luck John
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This car has 2 separate temp sensors, 1 for the computer and 1for the gauge, you need to be sure the engine is not overheating first, but most likely it's a bad coolant temp sensor causing a false reading..
You have a head gasket leak. The gasket is allowing heat/exhaust to pass from the exhaust ports to the cooling jacket (antifreeze). This makes the coolant grimmy. As you move from traffic to park the car, there is no more exhaust gasses pressurizing the exhaust ports and now the hot, pressurized coolant is allowed to move from the cooling jacket into the exhaust port, turn to vapor and escapes through normal exhaust routes.
Does the smoke occur all the time? If it is present just after start up and then goes away, it could be no problem at all. There is always some condensation in the exhaust at start up. It is more noticeable in cold weather.
However, if it is there constantly, and you are losing coolant, it could mean there is a headgasket problem. Watch your coolant level and watch your temperature gauge. If the coolant starts disappearing, and the car starts overheating, stop it immediately and get it to an auto repair shop. Driving a car with a bad headgasket can cause major engine damage.
ABS and coolant are unrelated unless there is a problem with the ECM (engine control module) or instrument panel. Is the red coolant warning sign for coolant level or temperature?
With ABS if there is any failure with any brake electronic component (sensor, motor, or fluid level etc) the ABS will shut down completely and flash the light. If the light is on or flashing the ABS is non functioning.
I need better information on the coolant and ABS to give better information.