Tag: coolant

48 Posts

Effects of antifreeze in the crankcase
Apr 01, 2009

Does antifreeze poured in the crankcase mean it's new engine time?

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I have a soldier who mistakenly poured a gallon of antifreeze in his crankcase. He then started and ran the car for several minutes before he realized what he had done. He is being told that he needs a new...

coolant fluids

Antifreeze in windshield-washer reservoir
Apr 01, 2009

Can Catherine get the coolant out of her windshield-washer reservoir?

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I recently had my 2006 Chevy HHR worked on at the dealership where I purchased it new. Long story short, the mechanic put antifreeze in the windshield-washer reservoir. Of course, the dealer believes his mechanic would never make that kind of...

coolant fluids cleaning

Mar 01, 2009

Does a slow leak signal the end for Faye's 432,686-mile Chevy?

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I have a 1992 Chevy Lumina with 432,686 miles on it. I'm losing coolant. The "low coolant" light goes on on cold mornings and stays on for about one to two minutes before it goes off. The cooling/heating system has been...

coolant engines used cars

Jul 01, 2008

What could cause Vicky's mysterious, infrequent coolant leak?

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I drive a 2002 Subaru Outback. During this past winter, we had a significant cold snap where I live, with temperatures below zero. After the first day of the cold snap, I noticed a puddle of coolant on the floor of...

leaks coolant

Apr 01, 2008

Tom and Ray help solve the case of the disappearing antifreeze.

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I have a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country with a 3.3-liter V-6 engine and 134,000 miles on it. I use it to deliver mail for the U S Postal Service. One day I refilled my antifreeze, and a week later, it was empty...


how much money should we spend on a beloved car that just hit 100k miles
Aug 01, 2006

Should Elvis the '96 Ford Explorer live on? Tom and Ray help Kris make a tough call.

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My wife and I own a 1996 Ford Explorer with 101,000 miles on it. We found out yesterday that the freeze plugs are corroded, on both sides and the back side of the block. We do not know if there is corrosion...

engines maintenance coolant

where is all my coolant going if there is no leak
May 01, 2005

If a car is "drinking" coolant by the gallon, the news is probably going to be bad.

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I have a Volvo Wagon that is drinking all of its coolant I can't drive more than a few miles before all the coolant is gone. Then the heater gives out and the car overheats I haven't noticed any leaks...


if it is a threat to pets why do people still use ethylene glycol antifreeze
Apr 01, 2005

Is there an antifreeze I can use that isn't toxic to animals?

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I'm not a rocket scientist just a veterinarian but I can't figure this one out.

pets wildlife safety coolant

why does the coolant in our daewoo turn brown and smell bad
Oct 01, 2003

Discolored coolant? We're betting it's colored with either rust or oil.

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My mother recently bought a used Daewoo Nubira It looked shiny and new and it ran pretty well When we inspected the engine compartment we noticed that the coolant was brown and had an awful smell to it I recommended...

coolant rust gaskets

why is my coolant light always on if my levels are fine
Jul 01, 2003

My warning light for low coolant comes on all the time, even when the engine is cool and the radiator is full.

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I think I have a problem with my Ford Escape My coolant-level light usually stays on whether the engine is cool or has been running for a while The level in the overflow tank is at the maximum line all...

coolant warning lights sensors