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Old 04-10-2005, 07:01   #1 (permalink)
Patoooey@markdr.com
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Check Engine Light/White smoke/Burning smell

1993 Ford Escort LX Hatchback. 1.9. 87000 miles.

Engine wanted to stall on startup a couple times in the am. Then ran
fine. Later in day the engine starts lugging(doing 45-50 mph up a steep
hill) and the check engine light comes on. I back off accelerator and
the engine perks up and the light goes off(it was on maybe 5-7
seconds). Temp guage went up a tad from where it normally is....then
that's fine also.

I get home and pop the hood and have white smoke(not alot...had to open
hood to see it) and a burning smell coming from the front area of the
engine.

Taking it in to be looked in a couple days but was just wondering if
anyone had any clues before then.

Thanks,
John

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Old 04-11-2005, 13:02   #2 (permalink)
rodney
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Re: Check Engine Light/White smoke/Burning smell

On Sun, 10 Apr 2005 06:16:29 -0700, Patoooey wrote:

> 1993 Ford Escort LX Hatchback. 1.9. 87000 miles.
>
> Engine wanted to stall on startup a couple times in the am. Then ran
> fine. Later in day the engine starts lugging(doing 45-50 mph up a steep
> hill) and the check engine light comes on. I back off accelerator and
> the engine perks up and the light goes off(it was on maybe 5-7
> seconds). Temp guage went up a tad from where it normally is....then
> that's fine also.
>
> I get home and pop the hood and have white smoke(not alot...had to open
> hood to see it) and a burning smell coming from the front area of the
> engine.
>
> Taking it in to be looked in a couple days but was just wondering if
> anyone had any clues before then.
>
> Thanks,
> John



White smoke = coolant vapor. Could be a busted radiator, hose, block
plug, or maybe even a blown head gasket. The safe bet is to tow the car
to the shop, from wherever it sits now. You'll have to decide if a 93
Escort is worth that. :)

Rodney

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Old 04-11-2005, 13:02   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Check Engine Light/White smoke/Burning smell

Probably a coolant leak somewhere, get it fixed before it becomes
something worse, if it's not too late.

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Old 04-13-2005, 22:01   #4 (permalink)
fordmandan
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Re: Check Engine Light/White smoke/Burning smell

bar stop leak will take care of this for under 5 bucks

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