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1994 sable smells like anitfreeze

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poorboy1234me
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1994 sable smells like anitfreeze

Post by poorboy1234me » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:44 pm

hello all I have a 1994 mercury sable gs 3.8 liter automatic and when I drive it and it gets hot when I get out all I can smell is aintfreeze. I usually park in the dirt off the side of the road on a tree root so I can't tell if it is dripping and I ever notice anything in parking lots. oil looks clean, I tested the radiator for a head gasket issue all seems well and the fluid level hasn't really dropped. I did notice, however, there is a wet spot just under the cylinder head and down the side of the block near the radiator. could this be a non combustion related head gasket issue? warped head?


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Re: 1994 sable smells like anitfreeze

Post by warment » Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:48 am

Determine which side the drip is on. My mom's 2003 had a crack in the coolant recovery/overflow tank a while back. It only leaked after the car heated up. Difficult to find because it dripped on the engine frame and ran towards the back of the car. Easy to see and fix once the tank was removed from the car.
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poorboy1234me
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Re: 1994 sable smells like anitfreeze

Post by poorboy1234me » Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:06 pm

toward the radiator side toward the transmission just under the head. i'd take a photo but it is kind of hard to get a camera in there.

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Re: 1994 sable smells like anitfreeze

Post by xrilander » Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:12 am

Blown head gasket, known issue.

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