Question about 2001 Toyota Camry
Hi, I bought a 2001 camry ce, with 129K miles on it. My engine coolant temperature indicator shows high. what could be the problem? Should i replace coolant (if yes, what is recommended coolant) or should i replace something else? Also, after i drive some 15 miles, i see white smoke coming from front of my car.
Make sure that your fans are working first. to do this. start veh and let idle until it warms up. but if it starts to get hot and fans do not turn on, check fuses. if they work then look for leaks.
Posted on May 20, 2009
It sounds like you're either low on coolant or have a stuck thermostat. If you're low on coolant you may have a leak. For coolant I recommend using 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water. You can buy pre-mixed 50/50 antifreeze or buy the 100% and dilute it with 50% water. The thermostat is a temperature controlled valve. It's held close by a spring until the desired engine temperature is reached. It then opens and allows coolant to flow in a loop from the radiator to the engine. If you're low on coolant or the thermostat gets stuck the engine will overheat which will cause the temperature gauge to rise. As the temperature increases so does the pressure. When the pressure and temperature get too great, very hot coolant, approaching steam temperatures, will find some way to escape and show up as smoke from your engine. Do not try to add coolant when the engine is extremely hot. Wait for it to cool. Be very careful removing the radiator cap when the engine is hot. Hot gas and liquid can come spurting out and burn you badly. You can add coolant to the overflow reservoir safely since you don't have to remove the radiator cap to do this. When your engine is hot try to find where the coolant is leaking from. It may be something easy to fix like replacing a radiator or heater hose.
Posted on May 20, 2009
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