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Old 14 Aug 2014, 04:00 pm
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Unhappy lady Pt Cruiser driver in distress...steam/hissing

Lady in distress!!...all last winter after running my car for just a couple of miles and then stopping in traffic,i had a cloud of what i thought was steam coming out of the front grill more to the passenger side. The car doesn't overheat, my garage checked all pipes/hoses...nothing......the steam only lasts food a few seconds though. Anyway, the warmer weather came, no steam visible, so i hoped it would stop, but I'm guessing i simply don't see anything because it's warm outside. I've had the air con on a few times and noticed when i stop and switch off, there is a sort of hissing sound coming from the same area my steam comes from in winter....and again stops after just 20 seconds or so.

can anyone help so i can cure my beloved PT cruiser...
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Old 14 Aug 2014, 04:06 pm
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Radiator cap been replaced?
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Old 14 Aug 2014, 05:21 pm
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If you have about 100,000 miles have you had the timing belt and water pump isler and tensioner replaced?
How much antifreeze have you had to replace , how often?
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He's only done about 40,000, I had the cam belt done last year (but not the pump). When my garage man was checking the problem in the first couple of visits he was a tad puzzled as he said that he needed to top up the water/antifreeze both times...but could find no leaks anywhere...it hasn't been topped up in the last 3 months (don't know if I should and to my shame have not looked). But the temperature gauge never goes higher than just under half way which is where it has always sat since I have had the car (8 years).?

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Old 15 Aug 2014, 01:32 am
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and your AC is working, and blowing cold, if you see no leaks after engine is off the hissing sound is the AC Hi side of the system equalizing to the low side pressure. Pressure in the AC system when it is off has the same pressure on both sides of the pump. Thats normal.
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Old 15 Aug 2014, 07:07 am
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You can have a radiator leak. Sometimes they will only leak at a specific temp and pressure. A quick squirt and thats all. Definitely check the levels. Both over flow and at the cap. Post what you find.
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Old 15 Aug 2014, 09:24 am
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A/C working, and cold. But I have never had the A/C re-done/filled??...someone said condenser ?
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Old 15 Aug 2014, 10:18 am
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Tell your mechanic to do a pressure test on the cooling system and cap. If you have a leak that will tell you. Sounds like radiator but would think you can see it. Pressure test won't lie.

When you stop the engine you will hear a hiss or gup that is the coolent going into the overflow. That is normal.

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Old 15 Aug 2014, 11:58 am
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I had the same issue around a month ago. Some small steam on passenger side coming through vents but temp gauge was fine. Had to top anti freeze too often. Then my car spranga radiator leak or at least one I noticed. I put this radiator repair stuff in ran car for 10 mins and had the radiator cap off to get rid if air in system. There was a fair bit. Put cap back on, topped up and not a problem since. You hear a slight gurgling sound at times?
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Old 15 Aug 2014, 12:26 pm
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Some of that stuff will clog your thermostat. It take a while but it eventually happen. there are some block seals that I can recommend. For this type of leak. You would only need about a 1/3 or less of a bottle.
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