I was on my way to get it diagnosed and now my car starts and shuts off... Hooray now something is Really wrong lol. Its still leaking coolant but I havent driven it and overheated it, but I just started it and it was smoking a tiny bit on the undercarriage where it connects to my muffler pipe. I am so bad at this kind of stuff I am searching everywhere online, Someone help Please!
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Re: Coolant still leaking and overheating...
It should have set the check engine light--have the code read which should get you at the right places to look for your problem. Coolant leakage is generally at the radiator hose ends and heater hose ends. Could also be a bad radiator cap or overflow tank and hose. Worst case is a leaking radiator core or heater core. Good luck!
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The smell it hot glycol (coolant). Never remove the cap when the engine is either running and/or hot, water will come out no matter what and can potentially be REALLY hot. Try looking for coolant leaks 1st. With the engine dry and cold (best done in the dark ) take a torch and start the engine. The leaks will be shiny and easy to spot. Either a thermostat gasket, split hose or leaking water pump.
The overheating probably came from the coolant being too low. The coolant in the reservoir won't go back into the radiator if the coolant in the radiator is too low. Until you get it fixed, check and fill up the radiator every time you want to use it. Overheating is very bad for engines and can cause expensive engine repairs.
Where is it leaking, from the engine or the radiator? You didn't say, but wherever it is leaking is the place to start. If at the radiator, and it is not a loose or leaking hose, I would be looking for a new radiator. If it is leaking at the front of the engine and dripping down from there, you could have a bad water pump. This could be an expensive repair at a shop-not the pump itself-they are not too expensive-but the labor cost in replacing a water pump will add up.
The thermostat would not cause it to leak. But when all is said and done, you will want a new thermostat, after the leak is fixed. They are very cheap and it is just good insurance.
Seems likely that you have a head gasket problem. The overheating can cause that, but it could have been something else. The coolant can actually leak into the combustion or exhaust, and either way it will end up out the muffler/tailpipe. See if your exhaust has a slightly sweet smell, or take it to a shop and have them pressurize the coolant system. If you see lots of white smoke from the exhaust, you have a head gasket problem.
The car overheated and something caused the overheating. Bad thermostat, low coolant level due to a leak or busted radiator hose, inoperative cooling fan, or a bad water pump. Lots of things can cause an overheating condition and I am not really sure that any blame can or should be assessed to anyone regarding what caused the overheating....something caused it and I would be hesitant to blame the driver. I doubt that the person did anything devious like drain the coolant out. However, poor judgement was used in continuing to drive the vehicle after it overheated. This can cause major problems like a blown head gasket or even a completely blown engine. Maybe the lady panicked or was unaware of the damage that it could cause to keep driving. I suspect that it wasn't something malicious (she probably feels bad enough, already), but just a simple error in judgement. I would probably give her the benefit of the doubt and explain (calmly), the mistake that she made and why it was a mistake. She didn't cause the original problem, she just handled it badly. I would check the condition of the vehicle out and go from there. What's done is done.
Start by trying to find out what caused the overheating and if it caused any permanent engine damage. Some of the things that I mentioned earlier would be a good start, or you could have a certified auto tech take a look at it. It was really nice of you to lend the use of your car to someone. I am really sorry for the trouble you are having and I hope this helped. Best wishes.
Why did you replace your radiator? I ask this because I assume the car was overheating or overheated after the radiator swap. If this is the case then how long was it driven while over heating? Driving in an overheated condition even for a few minutes is enough to warp the aluminum head, (just ask my mother, not once but twice). First thing I would check is the oil. If the oil appears milky it means that coolant\water if flowing between the oil ports and coolant ports in the head. Also was the color of the smoke white and did it have a sweet odor. If yes to either then the coolant\water is flowing from the coolant ports into the combustion chamber. You would aslo notice a loss of coolant\water with no apparent source. It sounds like you have a blow head gasket and you can be sure that it also warped the head. A compression test would confirm this. I really wish I could give you a better explanation for this.
tran should be ok need to take head to repair shap and be sure head is ok and not cracked. thermostat, radiator, or cap, hoses need to be checked to dtermine what caused it to run hot also check engine fan. Pls rate this solution