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2001 Mercury Sable Antifreeze leak

Pulled into the garage and switched off engine. Only then did I notice the hiss of steam from the right side of the hood. Not sure if I imagined this or not, but thought I heard a pop before a rush of liquid leaked out onto the garage floor. Lots of liquid, but none leaked until after I'd pulled into the garage (none on the road, driveway, etc.). Later, my husband found a stray rubber black bolt (hex shaped dome head) lying loose on the "a-frame". The bolt is rubber, black and about an inch or so long. It is threaded. My husband checked for antifreeze in the oil and said that looked good. Any ideas as to what happened? If the bolt was some kind of plug, then would the fact that it blew be symptomatic of some other problem, or do we just need to replace the bolt (after we figure out where the heck it goes).
Thanks for any insights.

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  • jimmyfeet Jun 30, 2008

    Thanks, you're pretty close. We did fix the problem. First changed the thermostat, but that didn't do it. Then ended up replacing the entire radiator. Apparently the coils are narrow and subject to build-up/clogging. We may have prevented the problem with regular radiator flushing...the guy who fixed it for us is a trusted good friend who would never deliberately steer us wrong, so it's not like we paid for an unnecessary replacement. And all this time I though radiator flushing was a gimmick invented by quickie lube places.

    Oh, and this is the funny part. The mystery "bolt" I was referring to turned out to be a fallen hood bumper. SHEESH!


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Hi sounds like the rad drain plug

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