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Old 28 Oct 2013, 11:17 am
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I have a 2001 Cruiser with 105,xxx miles on it. I recently had a new steering assembly put on and had some head work done, (cracked cylinder head and gasket replaced). Also this past weekend I had the oil sending unit replaced as it was cracked and leaking (bad). While that was being repaired a few other leaks were found. I have a coolant hose that appears to have a slice in it. That one is easy replace the hose. Now I have a second coolant leak on the backside of the engine (windshield side). It appears to be near the firewall and is dripping down onto the catalytic converter, causing smoke. I do not see any leaking into the car or a sticky residue on the windshield showing me that its the heater core leaking. I am not sure what it could be so any suggestion or advice as to where to start would be great. Also slightly concerned as if it is safe to drive if its dripping onto the catalytic converter. You know where there is smoke there saying makes me nervous about it.
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Old 28 Oct 2013, 01:37 pm
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It is either the heater hoses or head gasket, put car on stands, fire it up and take a look.
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Old 28 Oct 2013, 02:38 pm
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its not really smoke its more steam all id worry about is running low on collent
you said the head was off so that is a good place to start hopefully you got the correct gasket if its not a hose or a freeze plug it could be the head
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Old 28 Oct 2013, 03:14 pm
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The head was done at a dealership so I would know it was done properly this time (as I paid once before to have it done by a friends shop and they didn't do it right). Oddly enough I am good on coolant as well. Its a small drip but seems to increase some while driving. Not sure if that's common or not. I am also wondering if the smoke is still burn off from the sending unit being bad and oil getting every where. I always seem to have bad luck with cars which makes me a very paranoid person. I really don't want to pay a bunch of money to have it diagnosed and a mechanic feeling like they can take advantage of me.
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VNT, I had it up on ramps on Saturday and couldn't really tell exactly where it was coming from. Everything is so compact its hard to tell for sure. I am just hoping to get some suggestions and opinions or maybe find someone who had this issue and can help. Looking to be lead in the right direction.
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Old 29 Oct 2013, 04:42 pm
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Check the plastic coolant reservoir on the firewall. I have known them to crack and develop leaks.
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Old 29 Oct 2013, 05:00 pm
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Check the plastic coolant reservoir on the firewall. I have known them to crack and develop leaks.
Or the hose going into the tank.
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Old 31 Oct 2013, 08:44 am
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Here's someone who lost coolant also:
Help! 2003 Turbo won't start and no error code.
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