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My 2000 Chrysler T&C has a coolant leak. I think it does, the coolant doesn't have a sweet smell but, engine is running EXTREMELY HOT! I could not fit under car but, leak appears to be near the rear of motor and must be a pressure leak because it only occurs when/after motor is running. What couild the culprit be?

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    kdgaydos Jul 07, 2010

    I thought the purpose of this site was knowledge? If you have a solution please share it with me. I am in NO way a "car guy" and lack the basic skills/tools needed to perform this repair myself. I was hoping for confirmation that these hoses are the only problem I will have. I know that head gasket problems suck and I can't afford to replace this vehicle right now.



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Hi my name is Tom and I can help you.

You are correct about coolant has a sweet smell. It also has a sweet taste. It contains ethylene glycol or propylene glycol both of which are like sugars. A lick on the tung will not harm and can confirm your suspicion that it is coolant.

A hot engine has very little to do with you having or not having coolant in your system. In fact during hard times, I would run the engine with no coolant during the summer with no problems. I would not do it for more than a couple of months because the coolant contains a rust inhibitor and lets the engine run above 212F. BUT IT CAN BE DONE.

A hot engine is much more likely to be a faulty thermostat. Try replacing the thermo and let me know. If you have never done so let me know and we can talk via text or phone. 414-475-5968


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    kdgaydos Jul 07, 2010

    None the less there is still a leak in my system. The coolant is being drained out and the engine runs dangerously hot! I think I may have found the leak-narrowed it down to two small hoses on drivers side behind the motor. Coolant was streaming off/out near that area. System also made a squealing noise (like a leaking balloon) when I shut the motor off. I'm taking to the shop in the morning and hoping for a hose leak and not a head gasket.

  • Thomas Enslin Jul 07, 2010

    You can take the car to the shop in the morning, if you really have your heart set on paying $50 to $100 for an hour of your time.

    The two hoses you are talking about are heater hoses. They go to your heater core to the thermostat hosing and back again. All this can be done with one small investment in information. Give me a call or email me and I can get you set for 1/4 the dollar amount.

    TomE 414-475-5968 or

  • Thomas Enslin Jul 07, 2010

    I can not assure you that this is your only problem. I can assure you that unless you fix or have fixed this, you will never know if your head gasket is bad, but I can help you with this. If your oil does contain water(seen as milky liquid of oil and water emulsion) then your head gasket is not a problem. If it were your head gasket you would know it.(It is loud as hell).

    If you have any further questions feel free to contact me at the number and email I gave you.




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