After sitting overnight, resevoir is empty, engine struggles to turn over. When cranked, very much white smoke from tailpipe for five minutes. Have been told that I have a hole rusted in the plenium, leaking coolant into the engine. Is a plenium the same as a manifold? where is the plenium located?
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Re: coolant dissappears with no visable leaks.
Yes the plenium is part of the intake.dont mess around otherwise you will blow the engine.it should cost on more then 400.00 dollars to fix.If your broke.you can try using a engine block sealer.that stuff has worked for me in the past.
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The two most common causes are: fuel pressure leakdown after sitting for a while and an engine coolant temp sensor. The culprit is a leaking check valve in the fuel pump. To test, turn the key to ON for 2-secs, then OFF. Repeat 3 times. The try starting. If it fires right up, have the shop do an overnight leakdown test. If the fuel system loses more the 5-8-psi overnight, then the pump must be replaced. Test 2 is to check the engine coolant temp sensor. A sensor that's off usually reports a warmer engine than actual so the computer provides too lean a startup mixture. Try depressing the gas pedal halfway. If it starts right up. have the coolant sensor tested.
You must have a coolant leak. If there are no signs of a leak, you may have a gasket on the engine that has gone bad, and the coolant is being pushed out the exhaust system. The coolant expands when hot and cools when the engine cools. During the cooling stage the cooling system creates a suction on the coolant in the reservoir and draws enough coolant back into the system to keep it full. Apparently you are loosing enough coolant somewhere that the reservoir can not fill the system before going dry.
My friend, you have a good vehicle. Sediment, fuel and other fluids build up as vehicles sit. Idling your vehicle for a few minutes before driving is a smart idea. Unless it is black smoke( header oil leak) you should be okay. Just keep track of your fluid levels
Your owners manual should have step-by-step instructions. If that is not available this is what I would do: With the engine "overnight cold", that is to say after sitting all night, locate the coolant resevoir (forgive my speeling please), you will notice on the side of the resevoir notches telling you where the level should be when, cold fill the resevior to this level, if you over fill it don't worry. Never put coolant in a radiator with a hot engine you can crack the engine block, and/or burn yourself badly, also make sure you use not only the proper coolant but a good quality one as well. I hope this has helped you. :-)
The coolant bottle is on the passenger side and black in color. Wait til cool and simply remove the cap by unscrewing it. Top off to the line on the exterior of the bottle and replace the cap. If the resevoir is empty (take a flashlight and peer in), start the engine from a cold temp. and turn the heater on high to ensure that there are no air bubbles in the system to create an issue. Fill the resevoir until you reach the level on the exterior. If it is empty you need to get it looked at and find this leak before it overheats and destroys the head gasket. Let me know if you need anything else.