Question about 1996 Ford Mustang
Heat was funky 2 weeks ago-took a while to do it's thing-smell of radiator fluid-funky heat but still heating-radiator fluid blowing out of cap,leaving a dribble trail sometimes-now leaking onto drivers foot a bit and steamy, really steamy when getting on freeway-no leak on passenger side-may leak radiator fluid from hose on the bottom of radiator-engine did get "cooked" a bit awhile back-car stopped counting mileage as well recently-bought a Heater Core bypass connector, not sure if that's the way to go,could be a blown head gasket doing the "using up radiator fluid method of death". Summer is near and it would be Great if I could get 6 Months more out of my car. Engine can be a bit "chuffy" when started until I gun it a bit. I bought an Air Filter as well and feel it wouldn't be bad to get a new Radiator Cap too.
I would not waste money on a radiator cap. The motor is shot ( probably a blown head gasket or cracked head) You probably will get weeks or until it blows up and the highway patrol puts you off the road with a hefty fine to boot.
Posted on Mar 29, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Coolant Problems
Hi there. It sounds like you have done the most obvious checks and I can assure you by-passing the heater core will have no effect. There are three possible causes that you need to investigate further and you will need specialist equipment for it - you either have a hair-line crack in the head or cylinder wall or it might be that the head bolts are stretched and therefore weakened and so need replacement. To help you identify these aforementioned possible problems, you might need a specialist fluid that you put into the cooling system which changes colour when combustion chamber pressure enters the cooling system, you need to contact your local Ford Dealer for this - but then you still have the three possible problems to deal with - cracked cylinder wall/s, cracked head or stretched head bolts. Hope this helps, Scottech.
Posted on Jun 17, 2009
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