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1998 Ford Explorer Question: antifreeze leaking

 

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merc910, 5.0L V8, Inglewood, CA, July 21, 2010, 13:01
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my truck is leaking antifreeze, t smells like steam water when turned off. the truck is not over heating and a hissing sound you hear even while driving can you help

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  • Answer #1

    Valleyautotech July 21, 2010, 15:37
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    You need to have a shop pressure test the cooling system to determine exactly whats leaking coolant and you can locate a shop here www.repairpal.com/directory and you don't want to overhead the engine or it could blow the headgasket

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    Visitor, July 24, 2010, 16:31

    SOUNDS LIKE THE HEATER CORE IS LEAKING CHECK THERE ALSO . WIND SHIELD WILL SHOW SIGNS BY FILM ON IT WHEN LEAKING . ALSO CHECK UNDER HEATER CORE . ON THE FLOOR BOARD. OR DO AS THE OTHER ANSWER STATE LOOK IT UP OR HAVE A SHOP CHECK IT.

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    Pinksmileyfacelady November 20, 2010, 13:58
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    Likely a radiator or hose leak. Have a pressure test done to see exactly where the leak is...if you need a new radiator you can get one on e-bay for MUCH cheaper than retail.

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    Visitor, April 13, 2011, 07:06

    My 98 ford explorer did the same thing and I thought it was the radiator, turned out it was a small crack in the intake manifold gasket. Caught it before it did major damage to the head gasket. Smelled like steam water but never overheated.

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