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Postby oldnotdead06 » Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:28 pm

Ok....so last week I had the issues with the engine overheating. I had to take it to a shop and they replaced the cooling sensor. I've been driving it around and when I drive home from work, which is a 25 min drive the engine is smoking.The gauge on the inside of the car has it at normal, But it still smells like coolant. Today when I came home a bunch of coolant was spilling out of the reservoir. HELP!!!!!! But I did notice that the top to the coolant reservoir would not stay on. If this was loose and I was driving it around, would it cause these issues?? :shrug:
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Postby RIalltrac » Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:30 pm

so the guage in the car reads normal and your experiencing a coolant overflow issue. I doubt the cap on the overflow res. is your issue. Maybe the rad cap is crap, might want to pic up a new one of those. Otherwise, do you have a better description of this sensor that you replaced?
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Postby oldnotdead06 » Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:41 pm

Ummmm.....it was the cooling fan sensor. When it had overheated last week, it was straight boiling out the reservoir and the gauge read hot. Today it overflowed from the reservoir but it wasnt boiling and the radiator cap wasnt that hot. I had drove on the highway for 20 minutes..alot longer than I had drove it last week before it started boiling.
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Postby db » Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:03 pm

+1 on changing the radiator cap. Sounds like it doesn't hold up against pressure any more.
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Postby oldnotdead06 » Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:07 am

Ok....so I replaced the radiator cap. The rubber inside was pretty jacked. Will the smoking stop the first time I drive it or does it takes a few times for it to make a difference?
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Postby AlltracAvenger » Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:22 am

It may take a few times, depending on existing coolant residue that's already all over your engine. However, you'll know if it's working by the fact the smoking, burned coolant stench won't be even near as bad.
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Postby oldnotdead06 » Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:27 am

Whew....I'm sure there is coolant all over the place. I guess i'll find out when I drive home how bad the smell is cuz I park it in the garage and you can really smell what its kickin out! Wish me luck haha
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Postby AlltracAvenger » Wed Mar 01, 2006 7:37 am

Trust me, I know how it goes. I had a really bad oil leak that dripped right onto my exhaust and created billowing clouds of smoke. I actually smoked myself out of my car twice that way... burned synthetic oil just plain stinks. :doh:
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Postby toayoztan » Wed Mar 01, 2006 7:50 am

If that doesn't fix it (which it should), then you may have a head gasket problem.

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Postby oldnotdead06 » Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:29 am

I dont like the sound of it bein a gasket problem :(
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Postby d1alltrac » Wed Mar 01, 2006 9:09 am

oldnotdead06 wrote:I dont like the sound of it bein a gasket problem :(


not just any gasket...the head gasket *dun, dun, dun*....just kidding, sorry im pretty tired right now :?
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Postby oldnotdead06 » Wed Mar 01, 2006 9:19 am

So ummm do i need to b worried right now??!! Sad thing is, when I bought the car the lady had these little pieces of paper saying stuff that had been fixed. Twice she had gaskets done, just didnt say which ones. They "apparently" cost her over $1100 !! :doh: I'm crossing my fingers that my problem has been fixed.
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Postby toayoztan » Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:59 am

Don't be worried yet...find out if that radiator cap replacement worked. Did it help?

Actually, now would be a good time to go get a compression test. If you don't know how to do it yourself, it's worth your money to pay a shop to do it. Around 35-40 bucks to get it done. It'll let you know if there is a problem, and the current condition of your compression in each cylinder. If there is a problem, they will be able to do a leak down test to help find the problem.

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Postby oldnotdead06 » Thu Mar 02, 2006 5:20 am

Well I honestly dont think replacing the radiator cap helped even tho it did need it. Someone had suggested I drain the radiator and replace it with fresh coolant which I did (myself woo-hoo) today. I'll give it a couple of days. Its not doin the whole coolant coming out of the overflow thing, just smokin. On a good note tho.....it passed the emissions test woo-hoo!!! :smokes:
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Postby oldnotdead06 » Thu Mar 02, 2006 5:23 am

Oh yeah....what is the best way to dispose of the old coolant?? Thanks!
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