Re: 1996 Ford Ranger Antifreeze Leak
Your heater core is leaking. That tube you described is a drain, which
usually drips condensation from the Air Conditioner. If your heater core has
a major "eruption", you will have a badly fogged windshield, and the
passenger side floor will be full of hot anti-freeze. You are much luckier
than I have ever been, you have a warning, I have always had the "eruption".
Get it fixed as soon as possible. Not knowing your financial position, if
you can't afford it right now, you can pull the heater lines off the core
from under the hood, and temporarily splice them together with a coupling
until you can afford it.
"M1K3YB" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I have a 1996 Ford Ranger (5 speed - manual transmission). Within the
> past week I've been noticing the smell of antifreeze in the cab. This
> is occurring whether the Heater, AC or Vent is on or off.
> Yesterday, I checked the radiator hoses as well as the heater core
> hoses...all appeared good.
> Today upon closer inspection of the engine area and determined to get
> to the bottom of this, I discovered that on the engine firewall,
> straight down from the heater core hoses towards the bottom, there is
> a small hose sticking OUT, which is "seeping" and/or "slow-dripping"
> the antifreeze solution.
> I stopped into a local Autozone & read through the Haynes manual, but
> the information was limited & didn't help.
> Is this a drain hose? What would cause the seeping of the antifreeze
> solution? Is this hose supposed to be connected to something?
> (Nothing appeared out of place or hanging down).
> ANY assistance is greatly appreciated.
> Tnx in advance,