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Sudden major loss of power!!

This winter my radiator broke because I forgot to put antifreeze in it and the ice blew it up. It`s been sitting in my driveway since late december and today (may 4) I replaced the radiator. I found out I had to replace the battery as well. I drove it a couple times (just a quarter of a mile and back) and it was great. Tried to go somewhere later and it had no power and was smoking from the engine bay and from underneath the car. I filled it up with premium gas, put lucas fuel injector cleaner in, and water remover. when I drove it back home, the exhaust pipe near the catalytic converter was red hot! and it seemed like it was on fire around that area (more and more smoke even when the car was off). What`s going on????

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  • joesmo89 May 06, 2010

    I still haven't put antifreeze in it. It's just water. Do you still think that's it?

  • joesmo89 May 06, 2010

    I still haven't put antifreeze in it. It's just water. Do you still think that's it?



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If the smoke was white it means your engine is leaking antifreezeinto the cylinders and burning it in the combustion chamber. the engine block may be cracked because the block probably froze during the winter as far as the catalytic converter it is probably clogged because the antifreeze is coating the inside of the converter

Posted on May 04, 2010

  • john quinn May 06, 2010

    the block may have cracked because of the water in the engine if it overheated you may have a blown head gasket depending on the color of the smoke .if the smoke was blue your burning oil if its white your burning antifreeze/ water



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