Question about 2001 Ford Windstar
Dude this happened to me this weekend and i spent a lot of time under the hood. turned out i just had low coolant.
here's some things to consider:
drive the car up on a 2x6 board or some bricks or something so you can look underneath it. there should be a fatty hose on top coming from the engine to the radiator and then another fatty down low going back into the engine. There may be various other smaller lines. Now any one of these could be loose or have a hole and will need to be replaced.
Another possibility is that you have a hole in your radiator. you can put a new or refurbished one in yourself, significant task for a first timer. they can also be patched or replaced by a mechanic.
yet another possibility is that you have a crack in the engine somehwere most likely a head gasket (this possibility is the least likely dont worry)
yea its bad to run your car on H but hell I did too ooops. good luck figuring it out, if you fill it up again and look underneath is you will see where its coming from. try whiping everything down before it leaks so you can tell right away what is fresh. and dont spill it when you fill it up, i spilled like one oz and was convinced my radiator was cracked.
Posted on Jul 06, 2008
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