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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Running out of water or oil will cause your car to overheat to the point where you now probably have either/both a blown head gasket or a crack cylinder head: to check, when your car is cold, remove your car radiator filler cap, look inside the hole to see if you water is milky (this would be oil leaking into the water) or if after you restart the engine, the water bubbles badly (this would be crack letting air into the radiator). As a short term solution, you can try to use a heavy duty radiator anti leak additive but remeber that this is not a permanent solution and may not even work if the problem is severe enough. Hope it helps.
Posted on Dec 22, 2009
It sounds like TP valve is releasing water, but you don't describe where water is located.
Run through process-of-elimination check list on following link:
1) If problem is TP valve, event could be caused by 'stacking'
Stacking is where you draw amounts of hot water many times in succession.
Top part of heater is plenty hot because water heater is keeping up with hot water draw.
Incoming cold water enters bottom of tank through dip tube causing thermostat to read cool temperature and activate burner or element. This causes higher than ordinary temperatures at upper part of tank and TP valve reacts by releasing water.
2) TP valve could be going bad.
3) Improper venting can cause gas water heater to have water on top of tank or dripping down inside tank where it shows on floor after rusting out combustion chamber.
4) Thermostats are old or not reading correct temperature.
Turn down thermostats:
Replace gas valve on gas water heater, and flush tank.
Replace electric water heater thermostats
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Posted on Jan 17, 2011
SOURCE: water heater leaks
You have to replace water heater.
But you can buy-time if leak is small by turning heater off except when you need hot water. This will give you 30-60 days to shop and find best heater.
To prevent tank from rusting in this manner, inspect and replace anode rod each 2-4 years, and keep water pressure below 80psi.
Posted on Aug 25, 2012
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