Car was running fine at first was driving home from work on the freeway, and the car started acting like ti was running out of gas, which i know it wasnt because it was full, then i saw a big puff of smoke. stopped the car at a gas station and called someone to help. at first they thought it was because the car was bout a quart over full, drained a quart drove the car about 4 miles took it on the highway for about one, and up hill and everything, seemed fine, later i had to go somewhere and had to take the free way, as i was on the freeway the car started to over heat called the person, noticed that the radiator was empty although i filled it yesterday, as we were putting water in, we noticed a steady stream of water coming out from somewhere above the oil pan. we dont know where, but we think its the water pump..can anyone help
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Re: is it the water pump
Look to see if it is coming from passenger side,I have the exact same car I personally drive and similar thing happened to mine a couple years ago and it was waterpump but if you overheated it and drove it you may have a blown head gasket.Make sure your oil has not turned to chocolate milk. thats sort of what it looks like
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Turn the key to the on position and listen for a buzzing sound. If you do not hear one you have a bad fuel pump. If you do hear the buzz, Replace the fuel filter. If it is clogged it could starve the engine for fuel which would obviously kill the motor.
Not unusual for fuel pumps to begin to fail once they are heated up from running. First thing in the morning pump is cool, then as you drive, it heats up and begins to lose pressure. After sitting a 1/2hr-1hr, it may start again and run fine for a short time and start to act up again. Had similar problem and found good fuel pressure when tank and pump cool, but lost pressure once vehicle driven a distance and pump heated up. The hotter the weather, the shorter the distance I could drive. If you can somehow set it up to have fuel pressure checked when it starts to act up, that would certainly help confirm if fuel pressure is the culprit.
If the fuel filter made a big difference, then the most likely was water. Add a can of alcohol fuel drier and see if that helps. Water is much more adhesive than gas, so acts like a thick slug that plugs up injectors.
Has Neon do same, I ran fuel at low level, on hot day, ran engine until it started to act up & threw a fuel pressure gauge on it. Was at approx 5 psi. Cold next morning, 48-50 psi. Always hot day about 30-40 miles into work in morning, o.k. Sit in hot sun all day & would happen 3-4 times on way home. Sit and let cool, 20 minutes or so & go again for a while. Cool day, no problem. Change pump I would.
Hi I have a similar problem with my dodge ram 1500 1995 it was cutting off every 2-3 hrs in hard driving then it was getting worse and yes it sound like it was getting a lot of air in the intake finally I found a bad fuel pump inside engine compartment is a valve in the gas line where you can check the gas pressure and see if you have the same problem every time I was driving on the freeway I have to be easy on the gas or it will start complaining making this air sound and feel like dead then if I release the gas it will run again but I have to know how much gas and how fast can I go and for how long specially in the freeway so try and see if you have the same problem with the fuel pump
Chances are you have an electric fan that is not coming on when the car isn't moving so you have no airflow through the radiator. Check for fan operation. If the fan is working fine, you may have a faulty water pump. Some Jags had water pumps with plastic impellers and they came loose inside. You will have to remove the pump to check this, but if the fan(s) are working this is a very good possibility.
these vehicles overheat real fast when u noticed the water pump leak yu should have replaced it now i think that you have over heated the head and the heads have to be removed , check for cracks and most probably you will end up doing a valve job and replacement of the head gasket, water pump and the timing belt. sorry not very cheap at all