Car problems.. Any techs out there?

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  1. WhiteIphone5 macrumors 65816

    WhiteIphone5

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    I'm not home And won't be arriving until tomorrow night, my brother said that when he was driving, There was white smoke coming from some part next to the engine and the coolant was really low and was leaking. At first he thought it just need a more coolant but when he poured coolant, it started leaking so I'm not sure what's going on any ideas?
    Thanks and I'm having it looked at by my technician tomorrow but I will like to know what could possibly be faulty.
    1996 ford Taurus v6
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Sounds like a hole in the radiator or a leaking radiator hose.
     
  3. juanm macrumors 65816

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    It sounds like a radiator/hose leak, yes. As car repairs go, it's very cheap and easy to fix, but don't drive it until it's fixed or you could end up with a much more expensive repair.
    Also, don't fall for the coolant leak repair bottles, they'll do more damage than good, by clogging the system.
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    white smoke = burning coolant
    blue smoke = burning oil

    If you are leaking as well, check your radiator, water pump, etc
    Since you are burning coolant, check you valve gaskets

    Not the cheapest fix I am afraid
     
  5. WhiteIphone5 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Did you replace your timing belt at the same time? Usually, that is cost effective as the labor is essentially the same so may as well replace it
     
  7. WhiteIphone5 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No. I had my timing belt replaced last month.
    Actually my uncle came over and thought me how to replace the water pump.
    I also replaced the tensioner pulley. Both were really bad. And I also no longer have this engine overheat, I'm so happy, parts were only like $100
     
  8. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    I'm surprised the repair place also didn't replace the water pump and especially the tensioners when they replaced your timing belt. As others have mentioned, almost all reputable repair places will highly recommend replacing them when changing the timing belt.
     
  9. WhiteIphone5 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well I'm glad I did this repair on my own. My mechanic was charging me too much. And my uncle can go as far as repairing a gasket so I'm pretty happy :)
     

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