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My 1994 continental had white smoke coming from under the hood. I shut off the car and now it will not start. i added some water to the radiator and when i attempt to start the car the water in the overflow tank gurgles. Do you know what i should be looking for?

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First, I'd be looking for a coolant leak. The smoke you saw was likely steam. If the engine was wet with coolant, you need to dry it off (especially the ignition wiring) in order to get it started. Make sure the radiator itself is full, not only the recovery bottle (unless you have a closed system with the cap on the bottle as only access) You can use water while looking for the leak but don't let it sit in cold weather with water in it. After any overheat, it's wise to replace the thermostat as they become unreliable. Hopefully your leak is in a hose or other easily replaceable item. After you make the repair, use a hydrometer (inexpensive at most parts stores) to re-balance coolant/water mix.
If you see heavy steam from the tailpipe or it continually overheats, you may have a failed head gasket.
Hopefully you won't see that.
Any questions or something you don't understand in my answer, just ask!!!

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  1. When engine is hot, you have to be very carefully, do not open the water cap, if you want to open, you have to either wait a while or use a heavy towel to cover the radiator cap, then open it.

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I hope this can help you a little bit. good luck.

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