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| Originally posted by billB@Sep 28 2004, 05:45 PM |
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You have a vivid and very clear sign of coolant leaking. That is the white steam you talking about in and a round the engine compartment. One would think it is Coolant touching/dripping/leaking over a hot exhaust/manifold . Now whether it is before or after the repair it is irrelevant at this stage. We know where the problem is. This is a priority and must be fixed. Once the leakage stop/no more white smoke then you go to the next step.
As I said in my earlier reply above (see #2 above) check all these hoses for deterioration/look for loose or rusty clamps. You can pick those for 50 cents at any hardware store. Also coolant Hoses can crack from age/drying/ heat etc etc.
In sum: look for the source of the leak 1st, fix it, then check and recheck. At least you know where the problem is!!
P.S. Consider yourself lucky because the white steam does not come out of the muffler. That would've spelled out a bad head gasket.
Let us know and wish good luck
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