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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I have a 2000 town/country van it leaks antifreeze.the waterpump has been replaced.after a good ride when i park i here a hissing noise from passg side.the car does not run hot what could it be?
Posted on Jul 17, 2009
any ethylene glycol antifreeze will do regardless of colour ,50% soloution ,unless your in a zone where temperatures can drop below -20c then use neat ethylene glycol 100% if vehicle if left outside with no pre heater in the cooling system
Posted on Jul 27, 2009
It appears the tank system is(overflow) is is doing its job, but the cooling aystem is releasing too much and ytying to recover every bit ejen it cools down. Ck the radiator cap pressure rating. It shoul be between 12 and 4 lbs. Hane the old cap checkrd or just get a new one. If it's not the cap, The next thing is whether or not you have a pressurization of the cooling sysrem due to combustion leakage. This can also be tested for be a shop when the cap is tested, You can chk for that yourself by doing the following. Get a container filled with clear clean water. Submerge the overflow recovery hose end in the container. The end taht was in the recovery tank. Make sure your cooloing system/radiator is full and start your engine. Let everything stabilize. Watch your container for bubbles that contain smoke. Little snoky bubles and coolant being added to your container. If either is present you have a head gasket lea or a bad head pressurizing the cooling system.. And yes, you will end up with an overheated engine with a fever. So if there are any more Questions, feel free to ask.
Posted on Sep 21, 2009
why was your coolant low? did you inspect engine for any leaks? two quarts is quite a bit low. when you start the car up do you see big white vapor cloud along with water? say no please! good because you probably know what that means. Whenever you lose coolant and you cant explain why.... that's not good. Its always good to see a leak except from a cracked block. A head gasket you wont see any leak from the engine. Check the dip stick or oil filler cap, does it look watery? or like a milkshake? no i hope! Now let engine cool approx three hours.. recheck and top off coolant, replace radiator cap if it looks rusty or corroded, then warm up engine and put your hand on the upper radiator hose, you shouldn't feel any coolant running though the hose in fact you should be able to squeeze it flat. Now when the temp gauge gets to around normal operating temperature the hose should feel hot and when you try and squeeze it you should feel a slight back pressure...this is all good, thermostat is working and water pump is supplying pressure. If the hose is not hot after it warms up, you have a stuck thermostat and will need a new one. a bad thermostat will cause the engine to prematurely boil off coolant and that may be why your car was 2 quarts low.
When you use just water it keeps the boiling point at 212 degrees with a proper mix 50/50 it'll bring boiling point up to approx 240 degrees. did you check also to see if your fan was on? if the fan isn't working you'll overheat a little bit but on a hot summer day in stop and go traffic you'll boil over. did your car boil over? was the reservoir overfollowing with coolant? if it was then maybe your fan is inop or the fan relay isnt working. Whenever you're driving your car and it starts to overheat, turn your heater on full blast, this will take the cooler water out of the heater core system, which is usually cooler, and it will dump it into the engine..it might be enough to get you to a service station and let the car cool down and reservice the radiator and try and find a leak.
Im telling you all this because im trying to save my daughters car right now because she didnt think a low coolant warning light was no big deal. I took radiator cap off and it was half empty, i topped it off , i didnt feel any water going through the upper hose either..pulled out thermostat, it was toasted shut, replaced it, filled up radiator,..no leaks anywhere. You would think that a car with 297000k would have a little leak somewhere..but after driving 10 miles the low coolant light would start to flicker and it lost about half a pint. i checked exhaust and it had a lot of moisture and a little vapor cloud...prefromed a "block check" and it confirmed the blue test dye turned yellow...bad news. blown head gasket. Well two weeks now and a bottle of "Blue Devil" $65 head gasket sealer and so far so good. The first week it still ran a little rough but after you get up to speed the water would get blown off the spark plug and run like brand new. Now im in the second week of periodic checking and so far the levels arent dropping anymore and theres only a slight roughness when you first start it in the mornings but clears up in a couple of minutes. also the tranny fluid was two pints low probably due to overheating also. She said that she hasnt seen the low coolant light come back on so maybe this stuff does work! Im still checking.
i bought the car new 2.8L V-6 GTU installed a 40hp performance chip in it and always performed routine maintenance. I wanted to get at least 300000k out of it..will see. i know i went on a bit here but i just want to emphazise the importance of the cooling systems in cars.
hope this was informative, any feedback would be appreciated..its what keeps us going at Fix Ya!
Posted on Apr 30, 2010
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