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Old 03-19-2007, 23:27   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All,

I am new to this group.
I bought 97' Ford taurus 2 months back, Suddenly my car heat went to the top level. when i checked it the Coolant got leaked completely. Now the car is at my home.

I would like to know what could be the reason? what should i do now.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-20-2007, 07:25   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 97 Ford taurus coolant leakage

well, did you check the oil, if you get a blown head gasket most times it will enter the crankcase. if you know what oil looks like you can tell if something isnt right. you could have a blown radiator, blown hose, blown water pump.

have it towed to a mechanic

personally if it were me i would check the crank case for water in the oil.
if the oil was ok if not replace engine or junk it.
then fill the radiator.
remove the thermostat housing and the thermostat
replace the housing and make sure it was sealed up.
crank the engine and and see if it still ran then i would look for leaks
starting at the radiator then i would look at all the hoses then i would look at the water pump housing then i would check the cab on the passenger side to see if there was water comming from the heater core.
then i would fix the leak. test it agian

then i would drain the water agian replace the thermostat and fill with antifreeze

get a beer and call it a day.
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Old 03-20-2007, 12:31   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 97 Ford taurus coolant leakage

Color of the leakage oil looks like in light green color.
It seems there were some cranks in the radiator, can i drive the car to the mechanic now?
It seems there is no coolant in the car right now.

I m not aware of much things in the car mechanisam.

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Old 03-20-2007, 22:22   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 97 Ford taurus coolant leakage

If the mechanic is close to your home, fill up the radiator and go. That is if its a small leak. If it gushes out as fast as you can pour it in, either remove the radiator and have it fixed or have it towed. If you overheat the engine you run a great risk of severe damage.
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Old 03-21-2007, 00:39   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 97 Ford taurus coolant leakage

Mechanic is near by (1 mile) from my home. can i fill the cold water in the radiator and drive to the mechanic?
Please let me know

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Old 03-21-2007, 00:48   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 97 Ford taurus coolant leakage

It should be ok just make sure you keep water in it
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:38   #7 (permalink)
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Re: 97 Ford taurus coolant leakage

The overflow tank is probably cracked and leaking. They will crack on the bottom and you can't see it. The newer ones are clear topped and include a new level sensor.

Or the radiator can be leaking at the side tank. This usually only happens when the engine is cold and the tank contracts away from the foam seal and usually on the drivers side. You can recrimp the side tanks with a vise grips, very easy and I will do this to a brand new radiator as this is a problem with the Taurus radiators of the last 15 years.
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