Question about 1996 Ford Taurus
Hi agentpayback, welcome, i think what your talking about is an after market item (reason you could not find a listing for it ) the purpose of it is to flush cooling system as the name implies ) from an auto parts store called a coolant system (radiator) flush kit, they are plastic and dont last for too long, its installed on the heater hose , 3/4 inch hose, (your radiator coolant runs thru the heater hose, thats how you have heat in the car in the winter ). get a new one and replace soon, it could get to be a bigger leak suddenly, keep it full of coolant in the meantime because you DO NOT want to over heat the engine. be sure to top off with coolant when finished installing new one and check for any new leaks and check the coolant level for next few days following until you know it is full. OK!!
Posted on May 23, 2011
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It appears that you have a minor leak at where a hose attaches to an engine or radiator pipe. When the engine is hot, any small leak will evaporate quickly and therefore not be seen. As the coolant heats up it will expand into the overflow tank but once the engine is stopped the extra heat build up will force the coolant out the leaking joint. As the engine cools, the leak prevents the coolant from being sucked back from the overflow tank.
Check all hoses and clamps including heater hoses and those pesky little bypass hoses in the cooling system for a good tight fit and replace any hoses that have gone hard or have become soft and stretched. Those spring type hose clamps tend to be less effective in clamping as the hoses age. Worm drive ones are the best to use.
If unsure take vehicle to a cooling system specialist and have them do a pressure test and more thorough diagnosis.
If problem persists, then it could indicate a problem with the head gasket (Usually caused by allowing engine to become excessively overheated when cooling system has run dry) allowing very hot high pressure combustion gases into the engine water jacket, which super heats the coolant in the engine block, which then boils off, and is released via the cap or any leaks. If the head gasket is really bad it will leak water into the cylinders and into the oil in the sump. This is indicated by an emulsion of water and oil mix on the dipstick. You will also see white smoke (water vapour) from the exhaust.
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