2002 Ford Taurus is b*tchy in cold weather!
I have a 2002 Ford Taurus w/ the 3.0L vulcan engine. On extremely cold days where the temp is below 5 degrees Fahrenheit, my car will overheat driving down the road. The heater blows out icy cold air, spots of coolant then appear from underneath the car when it is stopped, (very small spots) It only does this on very cold days, on days where the temp is still below freezing but not frigid, it works fine, no leaks, car doesn't overheat, and heater works fine. This morning I started to drive to work on this frigid day, and I noticed that the heater was not getting any warmer, so I immediately went home knowing the overheating would be next. I got home, called my husband out to the car. He checked the reservoir, coolant level is good. Thermostat was recently replaced. The leaks when they occur appear to be coming from the area of the water pump, my husband said. This morning he felt the radiator hose and it was warm until he got closer to the radiator itself, he said the hose felt cold there? Could there be some kind of blockage that only happens when it is extremely cold?? I have noticed the strong coolant smell on normal days when the car has warmed up, is there a steady leak somewhere? praying it is not a blown head gasket, husband doesn't think it is. The belt is good and spins properly. Anyone have any suggestions?