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Old 18 May 2011, 12:56 pm
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Was running errands this morning when I heard a strange noise from the engine area of the cruiser. I quickly park and shut off the vehicle. When i step out of the car I see antifreeze coming from underneath. I wait till the noise stops to pop the hood, check fluids and radiator is full. I call the hubby out to help...Heres what we noticed...car does not overheat (ran for serveral minutes even drove home), radiator doesnt appear to leak, water pump and timing belt recently replaced and have about 10k miles on them, at first there was a little bit of white smoke from tail pipe but that has stopped, there is a little bit of a noise from exhaust when you rev the engine. After arriving at home we filled the resevoir and it seemed to hold fluid even after car was running. Oh and you can hear the pump turn on and ac works. Any idea on where or why or what made the antifreeze pour out?

I think the cruiser waited till it was paid off to go haywire.
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Old 18 May 2011, 01:05 pm
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Are you sure the cooling fan is running? It sounds like it overheated, the fan should run as soon as you turn on the AC. This is a common thing on PT's, having the fan stop working.
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Old 18 May 2011, 01:09 pm
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It sounded like the fan came on. While driving home I turned on the ac as well and things seemed ok. I never saw the temperature needle go above where it normally is.
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Old 18 May 2011, 02:39 pm
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The white smoke is a bit of concern, if the car did overheat the head could be warped, or the head gasket may be damaged. If either of these things happen the exhaust will make it's way into the cooling system and force coolant out the overflow bottle, and you may see the white smoke out the tail pipe that you mentioned. Keep an eye on the overflow, if it goes empty again or you hear it "bubbling" like boiling water you may have your answer.
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Old 25 May 2011, 05:34 am
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It's possible that the coolant bottle was too full and overflowed once the vehicle got warm.
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Old 25 May 2011, 06:31 am
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I can't answer your question as to why it happened, but I would recommend that you keep a close eye on both your oil and your coolant.

I would look for moisture in the oil, this is often a sign of a warped head/ blown head gasket. If you see what looks like a milky or white substance in your oil then you may have serious problems..... at the least it's time to get things checked out.

keeping an eye on the coolant is simply a way to make sure that you've always got enough in the system...

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Old 25 May 2011, 09:31 am
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IF you think your water is mixing with your oil, you can buy a substance to put on your dipstick, it will turn red when it contacts moisture. I used it years ago in the CG when we were loosing water. Also works with gasoline & diesel fuel. You should be able to get it at a auto parts store.
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Old 25 May 2011, 10:50 am
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White smoke out the exhaust means you are burning coolant. Suspect head gasket failure.
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Old 25 May 2011, 01:32 pm
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If you put antifreeze up top the top line in the overflow bottle whe it was warm, that's why it pushed out coolant. Top line is coolant level at "hot", if you fill to there when it's cold, it WILL push out coolant.
If you park you car outside, a little bit of white smoke can just be from condensation in exhaust - which should stop quickly as exhaust warms up.
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