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Steam coming from the tailpipe of my car after replacing radiator

We just replaced the radiator in my 2000 Mercury Sable, now there is steam coming from the tailpipe when it starts, it does slow up when driving but continues to steam. What could be the problem?

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  • jessica_nico May 28, 2009

    We will check the head gasket, but we have checked the oil and there is no water in the oil.

  • jessica_nico May 28, 2009

    Yeah my dad just told me the coolant does get low and he suspects that it is a head gasket. Thanks a lot for your help, you have been VERY VERY helpful!

  • jessica_nico May 28, 2009

    Okay will do. Thanks again!

  • marionbagget May 11, 2010

    If the steam coming from the tailpipe smells like anti-freeze then radiator fluid is getting into a cylinder. You can have the cylinders pressure tested to verify if it will hold pressure i.e. a leak. You may need to replace the head gasket.

  • Devon Sacco
    Devon Sacco May 11, 2010

    I agree with frcs68.

  • Frank
    Frank May 11, 2010

    blown head gasket or blown cylinder.

    either way coolant is getting into the engine cylinder.



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Question? Does the coolant get low as you drive? If so you may have a head gasket problem, stop driving it. Check the oil to see if it's milky, if not replace the head gasket, if the oil is milky, replace the engine.

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  • Eric Shephard May 28, 2009

    Also check around the heads on the engine, sometimes, not always, the coolent will leak out and down the side of the engine, this will indicate a gasket problem also.



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