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I was driving this morning, no problems yesterday but did get my oil changed and a new air filter at jiffy lube yesterday. AS I was driving the car started to over heat. White smoke was coming from the very front of the hood...it seemed as if I could feel a tiny hole where the steam was coming from (not a hose, but the actual steel)...any heads up on what the problem is?

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Take it back to them. Most likely they spilled washer fluid or oil on a part that gets hot. Then when you drove the spill evaporated. They may have checked your antifreeze and improperly tightened the Radiator cap causing a leak.

Observe the temperature gauge for overheating. Some Lube places do more service than oil changes. You need to pressure test the Radiator for leaks. They could have simply overfilled the fluid.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010

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  • austinthrive Aug 25, 2010

    pep boys said i need a new radiator....it just seems odd that it happened right after I got my oil changed. Any thoughts? But the car gauge did show that it was way hot...its just hard to know who to trust when your a girl with car problems. I dont like treating mechanics poorly, I just dont like not being able to determine what I should be paying, ya know!

  • austinthrive Aug 25, 2010

    pep boys said i need a new radiator....it just seems odd that it happened right after I got my oil changed. Any thoughts? But the car gauge did show that it was way hot...its just hard to know who to trust when your a girl with car problems. I dont like treating mechanics poorly, I just dont like not being able to determine what I should be paying, ya know!

  • austinthrive Aug 25, 2010

    pep boys said i need a new radiator....it just seems odd that it happened right after I got my oil changed. Any thoughts? But the car gauge did show that it was way hot...its just hard to know who to trust when your a girl with car problems. I dont like treating mechanics poorly, I just dont like not being able to determine what I should be paying, ya know!

  • fordexpert Aug 26, 2010

    I agree with you. The Repair shops should treat customers fairly, guys shop price, but girls are loyal to the place that treats them right regardless of price. I think it is possible something happened to your Radiator in the shop. With the engine off, look for loose connections going to the cooling fan. You can get your pound of flesh by reporting this to the License Bureau in the State you live in. Where I live, each Shop must post the contact info in plain sight. Investigators go in with "Mechanic Certified" cars and then catch the Rip-off artists lying about things being wrong with it. They fine them and revoke their License.

    You can try these two things. Your choice. Take the car to an Auto A/C Repair shop. Have them check it and do not tell them the part about the Radiator being bad. Just tell them about the overheating after the oil change and see what they find. Your car has Electric connections which, when unplugged, will stop the cooling fan from working. Or get a good Radiator Sealant, something over $12. The A/C Shops are better because they work with pressure lines and finned cooling coils all day long. Their main money does not count on Radiator repair.

  • fordexpert Aug 26, 2010

    I agree with you. The Repair shops should treat customers fairly, guys shop price, but girls are loyal to the place that treats them right regardless of price. I think it is possible something happened to your Radiator in the shop. With the engine off, look for loose connections going to the cooling fan. You can get your pound of flesh by reporting this to the License Bureau in the State you live in. Where I live, each Shop must post the contact info in plain sight. Investigators go in with "Mechanic Certified" cars and then catch the Rip-off artists lying about things being wrong with it. They fine them and revoke their License.

    You can try these two things. Your choice. Take the car to an Auto A/C Repair shop. Have them check it and do not tell them the part about the Radiator being bad. Just tell them about the overheating after the oil change and see what they find. Your car has Electric connections which, when unplugged, will stop the cooling fan from working. Or get a good Radiator Sealant, something over $12. The A/C Shops are better because they work with pressure lines and finned cooling coils all day long. Their main money does not count on Radiator repair.

  • fordexpert Aug 26, 2010

    I agree with you. The Repair shops should treat customers fairly, guys shop price, but girls are loyal to the place that treats them right regardless of price. I think it is possible something happened to your Radiator in the shop. With the engine off, look for loose connections going to the cooling fan. You can get your pound of flesh by reporting this to the License Bureau in the State you live in. Where I live, each Shop must post the contact info in plain sight. Investigators go in with "Mechanic Certified" cars and then catch the Rip-off artists lying about things being wrong with it. They fine them and revoke their License.

    You can try these two things. Your choice. Take the car to an Auto A/C Repair shop. Have them check it and do not tell them the part about the Radiator being bad. Just tell them about the overheating after the oil change and see what they find. Your car has Electric connections which, when unplugged, will stop the cooling fan from working. Or get a good Radiator Sealant, something over $12. The A/C Shops are better because they work with pressure lines and finned cooling coils all day long. Their main money does not count on Radiator repair.

  • fordexpert Aug 26, 2010

    I agree with you. The Repair shops should treat customers fairly, guys shop price, but girls are loyal to the place that treats them right regardless of price. I think it is possible something happened to your Radiator in the shop. With the engine off, look for loose connections going to the cooling fan. You can get your pound of flesh by reporting this to the License Bureau in the State you live in. Where I live, each Shop must post the contact info in plain sight. Investigators go in with "Mechanic Certified" cars and then catch the Rip-off artists lying about things being wrong with it. They fine them and revoke their License.

    You can try these two things. Your choice. Take the car to an Auto A/C Repair shop. Have them check it and do not tell them the part about the Radiator being bad. Just tell them about the overheating after the oil change and see what they find. Your car has Electric connections which, when unplugged, will stop the cooling fan from working. Or get a good Radiator Sealant, something over $12. The A/C Shops are better because they work with pressure lines and finned cooling coils all day long. Their main money does not count on Radiator repair.

  • fordexpert Aug 26, 2010

    I agree with you. The Repair shops should treat customers fairly, guys shop price, but girls are loyal to the place that treats them right regardless of price. I think it is possible something happened to your Radiator in the shop. With the engine off, look for loose connections going to the cooling fan. You can get your pound of flesh by reporting this to the License Bureau in the State you live in. Where I live, each Shop must post the contact info in plain sight. Investigators go in with "Mechanic Certified" cars and then catch the Rip-off artists lying about things being wrong with it. They fine them and revoke their License.

    You can try these two things. Your choice. Take the car to an Auto A/C Repair shop. Have them check it and do not tell them the part about the Radiator being bad. Just tell them about the overheating after the oil change and see what they find. Your car has Electric connections which, when unplugged, will stop the cooling fan from working. Or get a good Radiator Sealant, something over $12. The A/C Shops are better because they work with pressure lines and finned cooling coils all day long. Their main money does not count on Radiator repair.

  • fordexpert Aug 26, 2010

    I agree with you. The Repair shops should treat customers fairly, guys shop price, but girls are loyal to the place that treats them right regardless of price. I think it is possible something happened to your Radiator in the shop. With the engine off, look for loose connections going to the cooling fan. You can get your pound of flesh by reporting this to the License Bureau in the State you live in. Where I live, each Shop must post the contact info in plain sight. Investigators go in with "Mechanic Certified" cars and then catch the Rip-off artists lying about things being wrong with it. They fine them and revoke their License.

    You can try these two things. Your choice. Take the car to an Auto A/C Repair shop. Have them check it and do not tell them the part about the Radiator being bad. Just tell them about the overheating after the oil change and see what they find. Your car has Electric connections which, when unplugged, will stop the cooling fan from working. Or get a good Radiator Sealant, something over $12. The A/C Shops are better because they work with pressure lines and finned cooling coils all day long. Their main money does not count on Radiator repair.

  • fordexpert Aug 26, 2010

    I agree with you. The Repair shops should treat customers fairly, guys shop price, but girls are loyal to the place that treats them right regardless of price. I think it is possible something happened to your Radiator in the shop. With the engine off, look for loose connections going to the cooling fan. You can get your pound of flesh by reporting this to the License Bureau in the State you live in. Where I live, each Shop must post the contact info in plain sight. Investigators go in with "Mechanic Certified" cars and then catch the Rip-off artists lying about things being wrong with it. They fine them and revoke their License.

    You can try these two things. Your choice. Take the car to an Auto A/C Repair shop. Have them check it and do not tell them the part about the Radiator being bad. Just tell them about the overheating after the oil change and see what they find. Your car has Electric connections which, when unplugged, will stop the cooling fan from working. Or get a good Radiator Sealant, something over $12. The A/C Shops are better because they work with pressure lines and finned cooling coils all day long. Their main money does not count on Radiator repair.

  • fordexpert Aug 26, 2010

    I agree with you. Check your Electric connections to the Cooling fan in front of your car when the engine is OFF. They could have unplugged something and are trying to sell you a Radiator. Go to another shop, preferably an A/C repair place. Do not tell them you were told the Radiator is bad. See what the A/C place says. They are a better choice because they make most of their money on A/C work. They deal with pressure lines and finned coils all day long and bad Radiators can interfere with any cooling system.



    You can also contact the State Licensing Bureau about what happened at Pep Boys and see if they will investigate that Pep Boys location.



    If your Radiator is not leaking do not put in any Stopleak product. It should be obvious, but I do not know what someone will try to sell you. If you did not have a problem before you went into Pep Boys, then the Radiator would not clog up 1 day later.

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