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What is a cold leak ?

Since the serpitine belt had been replaced I have been loosing radiator fluid . are they tied together in anyway ?

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No,you need to find leak and to determine what's causing it.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013


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Take the fitting loose and check for damaged threads in case it's a cross threading issue. I would suggest screwing the fitting in by hand to insure threads are properly engaged, on any situation.
If the threads are damaged you might have to rework them by "tracing" with a die on the male portion, or "tapping" the female portion.
If they're not damaged, try to screw the fitting by hand as far as you can, then tighten with a wrench.
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SOURCE: car overheated and the serpitine belt making noise

If the belt slack adjuster is working properly, the belt should be lose, unless it is stretched fully out, worn and needs replacing. Secondly, I'd make sure the water pump has not locked up on the vehicle. Third, I'd consider the A/C compressor-sometimes they freeze causing the belt to squeel and engine to rune hot. All three of these areas would present the signs you describe. The slack adjuster is an easy fix, but the A/C compressor and water pump are a different story. Unless you are a skilled mechanic, you might consider taking the vehicle to a reputable garage for repairs. It's good if you can find a shop that will do the work, but let you supply the parts since buy the parts direct from them usually can run 40-50 per more. Then, there are some reputable shops that will supply the parts at a competitive price with most parts stores (sometimes cheaper) just to get your business. This way, you save on parts cost, and they get your business. Good luck.

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Had radiator replaced n a bolt put on alternator which is ok. New noise in squeals. Gets worse when a/c is on. In idle I pop hood N noise goes away. 2006 tiburon 4 cyl auto

Probably should replace the belt. A worn belt will squeal sometimes.'
Another thought is the belt tight enough A belt that is too loose will squeal under stress .

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Is it possible for power steering fluid to get into the engine and mix with the oil? I am loosing fluid and there are no visible leaks, the engine oil and filter was recently changed and now has turne

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Loss of power steering

If fluid level is up and pump drive belt is not slipping it could be an early indication of either a pump issue or seals/valving issue in steering sector/steering rack.

If fluid looks like it has a metallic look to it like some paint finishes do- replacement of both units is in order.

If fluid looks clean, just dark and oxidized, look for loose or leaking hoses. Also check for possible mechanical interference with steering, loose colmn to dashboard, loose or binding flex coupling, or loose power steering rack, inner and outer tie rod bind, even ball joints or king pins that might be close to siezing.

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Radiator fluid evaporates sooner than expected.

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Overheating,reserve coolant tank boiling I have a 2000 Ford Taurus with the similar problem. I had my water pump replaced then this started.

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To solve the problem you have the things to do in this order;

) When the engine is cold top off the radiator with fluid. (When the pump was replaced the fluid should have been also)
) Make sure the radiator fluid has anti-freeze in it. This is also anti boil also !
) Add fluid to the overflow reservoir.
) Make sure the drive belt was replaced on the water pump.
) With the engine running, you can add fluid to the radiator for the first minute or so. You want to get air pockets out.
) Replace radiator cap.
) Let car warm up. When it's hot you should get the radiator fan coming on.
) When it get hotter the air-conditioning fan may come on.
) If the fan does not come on, the heat sensor is probably bad.
) If all fans come on, and it overheats, you may have a bad thermostat. Trace the upper radiator hose to where it connects to the engine. That's where it located.

Do not operate the engine when it overheats, You will damage the head gaskets and cause radiator fluid to leak into the cylinders.
If you smell radiator fluid in the exhaust fumes, it may already be leaking.

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