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Losing antifreeze/ coolant

My 89 festival with 84,000 miles is losing coolant. I've checked all hoses possible while the engine is running and the heater on..seems to lose most coolant when I run the heat??? I just can't find anything wet from leaking coolant. Floorboard is dry so I don't think its heater core either?????

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If your 100% that nothing is leaking externally, then you might have a blown head gasket.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014

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    Porter Vickers Feb 17, 2014

    its not streaming out exhaust. there's not any oil and water mixed n radiator or engine. temperature wise it stays a quarter of the way off cold..

  • Porter Vickers
    Porter Vickers Feb 17, 2014

    i KNOW the waters going somewhere but i just dont know where or how??

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It could be a faulty thermostat. Did it do the same thing before u replaced the t-stat? It sounds like it's sticking closed, then all of a sudden it opens, coolant flows correctly. I'd consider changing it again. Check to make sure parts store is giving u the correct temperature thermostat also. Maybe it's too high for your Ford, delaying the opening.

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Have the system pressure checked. This is simple and quick. Puts the system under pressure and helps to locate leaks. Check cap too. System needs to maintain pressure.

Some engines have a "Bleed" valve in the head so you can force the air out of the system as you fill it with coolant. May want to chekc to see if yours has one.

\Fluxing gage indicates coolant sometime there and sometimes not. Low level. Sound says the same thing.

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i would try the water pump first to do the heater core on that im pretty sure you have to pull the dash good idea when you change the water pump replace the timing belt easy job if u have the 2.0dohc hope this helps

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check closer to just underneath the firewall--it could be a smaller problem than a heater core--Ford 4.6--5.4 engines have a tube just underneath the intake manifold that the rubber hose goes bad and it will leak towards the back of the engine.Lets hope so-what i hear its very expensive to change a heater core in an Expedition.

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SOURCE: 98 Expedition coolant leak top back of engin

Sorry im late with this,i couldnt seem to log on....The answer to your question is YES,there is a steel line under the intake with a short piece of rubber line attached to it and you can just about see it from the front of the intake with a light,it can leak and cause coolant to run off the back of the engine,The intake gasket set alone is about $40.00 and i dont know about the rubber line,i have seen it physically but havent changed one yet.Note the date of manufactor just incase,i bought an intake set for a 99 and the engine design was changed half way through...its not too hard to pull off the intake and re-install,you will need a 7mm socket for the coil packs,8mm socket for the fuel rail bolts and lower intake bolts and power steering bracket bolts and throttle bracket bolts,10mm socket for the intake bolts and alternator bolts and egr valve,and a large cresant wrench for the exhaust tube thats connected to the egr valve,flat screw driver for the air cleaner...and plenty of extensions with a swivel to be able to get to the back bolts of the intake....just incase you do it yourself this info could make it easier to gather tools.Its about a 3 1\2 to 4 hour job start to finish for the first time doing it,includes cleaning everything..Good luck

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