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My ford escape pours out coolant on cold starts but is fine once it warms up. Coolant seems to be leaking from passenger side although I have notice coolant on drivers side as well

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  • mikemacwilli Oct 16, 2013

    Initially had noticed wet spots below the thermostat housing (recently replaced) but this morning my wife started it to warm it up not knowing about the problem and it seemed to be coming from the passenger side, in between reservoir and radiator

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    Michael Lange Oct 16, 2013

    How well does the heater work?

  • mikemacwilli Oct 16, 2013

    A month ago the heater stopped working so I replaced the thermostat and now works fine. No issues now, heater consistently blows warm air

  • Michael Lange
    Michael Lange Oct 16, 2013

    So you are getting water to the heater core. Do you smell anti-freeze inside the car when the defrosters are running?

  • mikemacwilli Oct 17, 2013

    No antifreeze smell when the defrost is on. Coolant seems to be leaking from the water pump area but it's not overheating or loosing coolant when it heats up or overnight, just when it is started cold.

  • mikemacwilli Oct 17, 2013

    So I started it up this morning and finally was able to see where the coolant was leaking. It's seems to be coming out a tiny bit from below the thermostat housing and then a consistent drip from passenger firewall. The drip is coming from a inch long hose sticking out of the firewall just below the intake and outtake hoses for the heater?



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Where have you looked so far or do just know where the puddles are?

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