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Synyster97XLT
08-27-2009, 08:50 AM
I do believe I have one. I have to put a new bottle in my radiator every month or so, and when I was idling in the same spot for like 30 mins, there was a wet spot under my right front fender well. I'm thinking that I just need to check the hoses around that area, but any expert mechanical advice would be appreciated.

audioatg
08-27-2009, 09:56 PM
Take a peek at the Radiator. At my shop its crazy we been having alot of cracked radS lately.

93dakota
08-27-2009, 10:05 PM
1.are you putting a whole gallon of rad fluid in every month but not needing draining any?
2. are you only putting antifreeze in or are you mixing it 50/50 water antifreeze.
3.is the liquid that is on the ground smell like radiator fluid?(it may be water from your a/c condenser)

kraco
08-28-2009, 03:20 PM
Most AC evaporators drain at the right fenderwell. Since you're in WV, how about hookin me up with a bottle of the homebrew?

1lowZ56tahoe
09-15-2009, 09:50 PM
the heater control valve leaking is a very common problem on these:D. ASE cert tech for 19yrs

audioatg
09-16-2009, 06:47 PM
the heater control valve leaking is a very common problem on these:D. ASE cert tech for 19yrs

ASE's mean crap. Just means you past a test. congrats. No offense to you 1lowZ56tahoe

93dakota
09-16-2009, 06:49 PM
ASE's mean crap. Just means you past a test. congrats. No offense to you 1lowZ56tahoe

true that... I have a ASE cert.... **** is a joke.

fasfocus00
09-16-2009, 06:51 PM
look in your rear view mirror next time your driving and see if you have smoke (preferable white) blowing out the back. if so you got a bad head gasket.

johndoe1234
09-16-2009, 06:56 PM
You could have a leaking water pump. When the internal seals go bad, they leak and you want to replace it before it seizes and tears up your timing belt and you bend valves.
Just take a look at where your water pump is and see if there is a leak. And also check all your hoses. when its running just look for antifreeze leaking out.
The whole blown head gasket thing would be something different. You would have sludge and **** in your radiator from the oil/antifreeze mixing and thats a whole different/WAY more expensive problem

pilyin
09-16-2009, 06:57 PM
look in your rear view mirror next time your driving and see if you have smoke (preferable white) blowing out the back. if so you got a bad head gasket.

This. If you have a bad head gasket, the coolant can be being pushed out of your reservoir tank. Take a dry cloth, bunch it up, and put it close to the overflow drain on your coolant reservoir. Make sure your coolant is not overfull and drive around. See if the cloth gets wet. If it does, you very well might have a bad head gasket. You might also check if there's water in your oil.

If your car only leaks when it's hot, it's probably not your radiator. Drive it around and then stop and see if you can spot where the leak is.

pilyin
09-16-2009, 06:59 PM
You could have a leaking water pump. When the internal seals go bad, they leak and you want to replace it before it seizes and tears up your timing belt and you bend valves.
Just take a look at where your water pump is and see if there is a leak. And also check all your hoses. when its running just look for antifreeze leaking out.
The whole blown head gasket thing would be something different. You would have sludge and **** in your radiator from the oil/antifreeze mixing and thats a whole different/WAY more expensive problem

Not necessarily. A leaking head gasket in an older car I had reacted just like this. A leaking head gasket can cause back pressure on the coolant, causing it to be pushed out of the reservoir. Water pump is also a possible problem. Run the car for a while, see if you can spot the leak.

fasfocus00
09-16-2009, 07:03 PM
You could have a leaking water pump. When the internal seals go bad, they leak and you want to replace it before it seizes and tears up your timing belt and you bend valves.
Just take a look at where your water pump is and see if there is a leak. And also check all your hoses. when its running just look for antifreeze leaking out.
The whole blown head gasket thing would be something different. You would have sludge and **** in your radiator from the oil/antifreeze mixing and thats a whole different/WAY more expensive problem

you obviously have never had a blown head gasket. you must have x-ray vision if you can see in each fin on a radiator. you will not have sludge in the radiator instead you get milky oil. first thing he should do is drive is car to see if smoke comes out like I said than do an oil change and see if the oil comes out milky.

jdawg
09-16-2009, 07:20 PM
i vote heater control valve

1lowZ56tahoe
09-16-2009, 07:38 PM
ASE's mean crap. Just means you past a test. congrats. No offense to you 1lowZ56tahoe
:eek:this tells me you cant pass it

1lowZ56tahoe
09-16-2009, 07:41 PM
true that... I have a ASE cert.... **** is a joke.i have likely been turning wrenchs longer than you have been alive:D

goingdef
09-16-2009, 07:54 PM
first look at the drain plug on the radiator bottom corner, then look at the hoses two big ones on the radiator two small off the engine next look at the water pumps weep hole bottom side right behind the pulley next if it is the head it may not transfer into the oil with the engine cold remove the thermostat housing to allow coolant to flow freely now start the engine radiator cap off see if it bubbles while running as this indicates a leaking head gasket along w/white smoke(steam) from the exhaust possible to see coolant in the oil depends where on the block the gasket has failed just look at the easy stuff first and work your way back good luck there will be a lot of this:verymad:

1lowZ56tahoe
09-16-2009, 08:03 PM
over the past 10yrs or so i have replaced alot(25 or more) of heater control valves for leaking on ford explorers at the shaft on the valve,its the most common leak on these.look for a leak trail if its not leaking at the time you check it.may still be the leak you are looking for,just not leaking at the time.also look at the water pump because i have seen the pump fool people due to the A/F running down the front cover and back the oil pan then dripping off the corners in the rear:D

goingdef
09-16-2009, 09:02 PM
if you look up I think I just said that

johndoe1234
09-17-2009, 01:30 AM
you obviously have never had a blown head gasket. you must have x-ray vision if you can see in each fin on a radiator. you will not have sludge in the radiator instead you get milky oil. first thing he should do is drive is car to see if smoke comes out like I said than do an oil change and see if the oil comes out milky.

I blew a ****ing head gasket a month ago and i had NO smoke and the radiator was completely filled with the sludge ****. The head gasket seals the head from the block and when it blows, you get a mixture of oil and antifreeze. Its in both the oil pan and the RADIATOR. The oil was milky but i noticed the **** in the radiator first. You dont have to see through the fins to see the ****, thats what the radiator cap is for .
Thanks for your opinion smart ***

badvlvo
09-17-2009, 05:11 PM
the heater control valve leaking is a very common problem on these:D. ASE cert tech for 19yrs

Yep.

ASE's mean crap. Just means you past a test. congrats. No offense to you 1lowZ56tahoe

Better to have the piece of paper than nothing. It looks good on an appication or resume. Otherwise they aren't worth much.

i vote heater control valve

Very common on that vehicle.

audioatg
09-17-2009, 06:50 PM
Yep.


Better to have the piece of paper than nothing. It looks good on an appication or resume. Otherwise they aren't worth much.


Very common on that vehicle.


Are you sure. I have been told I will never get a job without them. Just went on two interviews and was offered both jobs. ASE's and Kiss my white ***. And todays world. Do you think ppl really care about if this or that shop has ASE techs no. I have told ppl countless times that they will be running on metal to metal breaks before the next oil change comes. And have been given the big fat no thanks I dont need that. They go to some half *** shop. They pad slap it and let the person go. Mam your tires are slicks. NA thats okay Im good. I like slipping and sliding in the rain. Just like there are no such thing as loyal costumers anymore. My boss think that his costumers go no other place then his. I laughed.

audioatg
09-17-2009, 06:52 PM
Yep.


Better to have the piece of paper than nothing. It looks good on an appication or resume. Otherwise they aren't worth much.


Very common on that vehicle.



Yeah they might some what get you the job. But being you really dont know how to work on a car in real life. They dont help you then. lol. Seen that many of times. No offense to anyone that have them ASE I do as well. But know they are worth **** in the real world.