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2003 Chrysler Sebring my antifreeze is brown and muddy looking


Yes it looks nasty you need to have your cooling system flushed this is something that I would recommend letting a shop handle for you they will put the right coolant in and it can be tricky to properly flush the whole system out less than 100 bucks outside a dealership

Oct 28, 2016 | 2003 Chrysler Sebring

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Sizzling out the left side of engine. White smoke coming from oil check from dip stick hole. Some say water pump, others say gasket. And some say cracked block. HELP!!!


White smoke is a sign of water or coolant leak. Check your oil to see if it still the right color. If it is a muddy brown coolant is getting in there.

Sep 05, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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I don't get any heat when I turn my heater on.


Is the coolant full ? What year an make an model vehicle ? Are the heater hose's going inside through the fire wall hot to the touch ? What condition is the coolant , does it look like a muddy color. GM dexcool coolant turns a muddy rust color , in fact that's what it is ,an It clogs radiators , heater cores , coolant passages in the engine etc.... An some vehicles have a control valve ,or some call it a hot water valve under the hood in the engine compartment . These valves are in the heater hose and are vacuum controlled . These valves do go bad an the hot water isn't allowed to go through the heater core .

Nov 13, 2015 | AC Cars & Trucks

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Coolant is brown and muddy


cracked block possible

Feb 16, 2014 | 2003 Dodge Neon

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Coolant is brown


brow and muddy color usually is a sign of not using enough antifreeze to protect system from rust.
drain the radiator and completely flush the system. use a quality flush system from the auto parts store. after system is flushed so it only flows clean water after draining a few times then empty system and refill with 50/50 antifreeze /water and make sure system is cycled through 5-6 time to make sure air is purged from the system

Feb 16, 2014 | 2003 Dodge Neon

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Coolant is brown in color


You have a rust issue. Although I have seen summer coolant that is brownish. You need to flush the system, and put new coolant in.

Jan 19, 2013 | 2002 Chrysler Town & Country

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My oil is a tan looking color in my 1989 cadillac deville what colud it be


Thanks for choosing FixYa and welcome. This is a sign of rust in the oil. It gives off that tannish rusty color. Make sure your coolant water is not the same color. If this is the case, it is not ideal. Since it is an older model vehicle, rust might have set up inside somewhere. Some other types of oil may give off this color also. Oil is brown when new and turns black over time.

Jun 11, 2011 | Cadillac DeVille Cars & Trucks

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Coolant is brown or rust colored and muddy also has fowl odor


The radiator has a multi function; One is to cool the engine water and Two is to cool the transmission fluid. What is happening now is the radiator passages that separate the two cooling systems has leaked into one another. To repair this issue would be to replace the radiator, and also drain the transmission fluid.

Aug 28, 2010 | 1999 Jeep Cherokee

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Engine is overheating even after replacing waterpump,thermostat and radiator cap


If you replaced all that, it very well could be your antifreeze/coolant. Make sure that your coolant level is at a good level, and make sure that it is a normal color. If it is off colored from what it is supposed to be, for example, a brown, or rust color, or a tealish green, flush it and replace it. If that is not the issue, check for any leaks... good luck

Jun 06, 2010 | 1998 Kia Sportage

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I have an 2001 Mercedes-Benz c240...What color should the coolant be that is used in this car. I paid to have it flushed but the coolant in it looks a greenish-brown color...is this right? Not sure they...


Hi. apparently the mechanic did not rinse the contents out completely after the flushing was administered. During the flushing of a radiator, there may be a good amount of debris that will build up, due to the flushing compounds effect on the crude inside the radiator. This is why there should be a rinsing stage to clean out all that is removed, via the flushing procedure. If the rinse is not done correctly, some of the contaminates will be left behind to mix in with the new radiator fluid. The rust/debris will mix contaminate the new fluid that is poured in, thus, causing the brown color you have noticed.

Most radiator fluids will be green, or orange in color, but never brown or greenish brown. This greenish brown will indicate that there is some rust deposited that were not rinsed out properly, after the flushing of the radiator. I would return the vehicle to the mechanic to request a re-flush of the radiator. They should do it for free.


NOTE_ A more serious issue will be a damaged oil cooler. this will cause the same symptoms within the color of the fluid, if your vehicle is equipped with this device. Once the oil cooler has ruptured, it will cause the engine oil to be transfer into the radiator, thus, changing the color of the fluid.

Dec 03, 2009 | Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cars & Trucks

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