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Old 01-15-2016, 08:15 PM   #1
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Smoking engine

So heres what happened. First off, the mileage on the car is 84k so not high mileage. I gave it some gas only to about 45 mph. I noticed a squeeking sound which died after about 2 seconds and a nasty smell. When I looked out my rear view mirror there was huugggee smoke cloud behind me.

As i came to a stop the engine was smoking bad. I pulled over and it looked like my engine was drenched in something. It wasnt oil, but definitely didnt smell like water so i was assuming it was a coolant leak. But what explains that squeeking that happened twice?


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That squeaking noise was likely the belt slipping after being soaked with anti-freeze.
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That squeaking noise was likely the belt slipping after being soaked with anti-freeze.

Is it an antifreeze leak or coolant? I havent checked the levels yet because its super late. That would give it away im assuming.


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Anti-freeze and coolant are the same thing.

Yes. Check the level in the reservoir. It might be a blown hose. If the reservoir is empty, refill it with distilled water and then let the car idle until it is warmed up to operating temperature, while you carefully inspect the engine, and try to identify the source of the leak.
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Anti-freeze and coolant are the same thing.



Yes. Check the level in the reservoir. It might be a blown hose. If the reservoir is empty, refill it with distilled water and then let the car idle until it is warmed up to operating temperature, while you carefully inspect the engine, and try to identify the source of the leak.

There was already a leak and we refilled it with the anti-freeze made for leaks so idk. Ill check tomorrow. Thanks.


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That leak fix stuff is nothing but snake oil. Need to find the leak and fix it pronto.
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Very common to have the plastic thermostat housing of the 4.0 split open. Everything you described sounds like that is the issue. It usually splits on the back side and spews most of the coolant under the intake manifold.

Easy fix though, takes about 20 minutes to swap. There is an aluminum housing available on Amazon
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Very common to have the plastic thermostat housing of the 4.0 split open. Everything you described sounds like that is the issue. It usually splits on the back side and spews most of the coolant under the intake manifold.

Easy fix though, takes about 20 minutes to swap. There is an aluminum housing available on Amazon

Yep your spot on. I took it to goodyear so they got me a brand new one.


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