I have a 95 Eclipse that overheated the other day. Prior to this overheating, there was an unusual smell in the car. After the overheating, when I put in antifreeze, it comes right out under the car, between the engine and rear drive train (I can't tell exactly where it's coming from). This is nowhere near the water pump or radiator and the hoses are dry.
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The overheating should be because of the leak in the radiator hose which isnt allowing the coolant to circulate through your engine. You should let your car run for a few minutes and give it some gas and then check out all the hoses and see if there is a small leak. Also your radiator fan could be malfunctioning so as your engine heats up its not able to cool down its just continues to heat up. Keep an eye out for the leak and the fan Hope this helps Have a nice day Thanks for using Fixya
what does this smoke smell like? oil? coolant?, if it smells like coolant then u have a leaking head gasket, not all head gasket leaks cause overheating, so the fact the engine is not overheating doesn't mean you don't have a head gasket leak.
You may have a radiator leak. Or your coolant level is low. Using the heater is not a solution to an overheating vehicle. You can usually smell coolant and see the leak. Often times a gasket can leak mixing engine oil and coolant, decreasing effectiveness of both sytems. Check color of fluids make sure the cooloant is viscus and not sludgy.
Also check coolant fan electric connections and fuses. The fan really cools down the engine moreso than coolant. It should kick on when your engine reaches a certain temp. If it does not the vehicle will overheat.
You better not be driving your car overheating like that and shutting off on you! It sounds like you've most likely lost all your coolant due to a leak of some sort, and your engine is overheating. I would take the vehicle to a shop make sure you don't have some kind of major coolant leak. They'll also want to do a "block-check", which is a fluid that can detect combustion vapors in the coolant, that would indicate you've blown a head gasket due to overheating. It's very bad for an engine to run without coolant, even for 10 minutes. I'd have the vehicle towed in unless the shop is right around the corner. If you'd like to check your coolant level yourself, make sure the engine is cold or at least the vehicle has been off for an hour. Checking the overflow tank level may not be good enough. You'll have to remove the radiator cap and determine if you've got any coolant in the radiator. If not use either regular pre-mixed green coolant, or if you have non pre-mixed dilute it to a 50/50 ratio coolant and water. I wouldn't continue to drive your van with it acting up like it has until you can get it checked out.