A water-based fluid used to remove heat from the engine. Also see cooling-system for related components such as the radiator and water-pump.

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My radiator fan keeps on right after shutting off the car (Hyundai Accent 2002 GL 1.6)

My car radiator fan keeps on working right after shutting down my car, which is strange and never happened before. I suspected the temperature sensor, but through the OBD II kit, I am able to read ...
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Oil in coolant, Pontiac Grand Am 99

I have a 99 Pontiac Grand Am which has done 160,000 km. Recently, I found oil in my coolant. Will this damage my car? What could be the reason behind this?
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1996 mazda 626 leaking coolant

My mazda 626 was leaking coolant. I replaced the radiator for there is clearly a hole on it. It worked fine for about a month. Then I see some leakage again. And this time it is around the right side ...
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Reason for oil like substance in coolant reservoir and under radiator cap?

I have a 96 Ford Ranger 3.0. There is an oil like substance in the coolant reservoir and under radiator cap. Oil is clean with no loss. Transmission is idling fine. No overheating of cooling system. ...
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Oil in coolant reservoir [duplicate]

I have a '99 olds bravada, noticed it leaking green coolant so when I looked in reservoir I looked like oil floating at the top. Why and how did oil get into the coolant reservoir? And what might it ...
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My car has the wrong coolant in it. Now what?

Hello I realized today after beating my head about my car's overheating problems that I have the wrong coolant in it. About a year ago, my car ran dry. At the bottom of the expansion tank was an ...
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Coolant spills out of the overflow tank at high pressure

My '98 Subaru Forester spills all its coolant with very high pressure and overheats. I changed the radiator cap and did a flush, but stillĀ have the same problem. I added stop leak, but that did ...
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Coolant overflows into overflow when accelerating, but completely empties when car cools

My VW Polo's coolant overflows out of the expansion tank. It's like there is too much pressure, causing the coolant to boil out of the tank, yet the temperature is normal. The fan always kicks in, ...
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What causes mud in my radiator?

Ive changed my oil about one month ago but just recently my check oil light has started coming on and I started losing my heat. I thought I might just have low antifreeze but when I opened my radiator ...
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Motor Oil in Coolant Reserve [duplicate]

2004 Mercedes E500 - Yes, I am sure of it. In a moment of stupidity, I added about 8oz of motor oil to the coolant reserve. I have heard nothing will happen and I've also heard it can mess up the ...
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possibility of oil entry into coolant tank of figo

What are the possibilities of oil entering into coolant tank ? how to know it withoout seeing tank ? what need to be checked ? what precautions to be taken not reoccur the same trouble kishore
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Mechanic Troubles And A Small Watery Oil Leak

My car is a 2005 BMW 525i E60 with about 180,000km on the clock. It has been well looked after and serviced. I don't get dealer services, but go to a mechanic who has always been good and uses the ...
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Loss of coolant from under car

I just replaced top and bottom radiator hoses and car has new water pump. It's an '86 mercury grand marquis. Once I replaced everything and filled the radiator with 50/50, I cranked the car up. Soon ...
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Oil in the radiator, but no coolant in the oil

The car is a '98 Buick Lesabre with the 3800 engine and about 170k miles. It appears as though some oil was in the radiator, but I haven't seen any signs of coolant in the oil. The water pump recently ...
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Can I use an intercooler as a charge cooler radiator

I'm looking at creating an advanced charger cooler setup for my car, can I use an intercooler as a charge cooler radiator? Or do radiators need some special coating on the inside of them? It's a ...
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Car is heating while Coolant Temp Sensor is normal

I bought a BMW 318i and the car heated twice so far while the coolant temperature sensor is normal. If we exclude the possibility that the sensor is malfunctioning, what problem would cause the ...
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Can I drive a car with only water and no coolant if it has a leak?

Recently, I was informed that a car I share ('02 Nissan Sentra) was close to overheating. I was told it gets close to the upper limit very quickly upon running the car. When I inspected the vehicle, I ...
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Why would a water pump be run off of the timing belt?

I drive a 1999 Chrysler 300M, V6 3.5L engine. I am about to start a water pump replacement repair. I've discovered that the water pump is driven off of the timing belt, rather than either of the two ...
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How do I find a vacuum leak? I'd highly prefer not to use a carb cleaner spray

The car is a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue with 3.8L V6 engine (3800 Series). I've been doing my research and due diligence, but please understand I'm very inexperienced with automobiles. I went to ...
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How long does coolant last in storage?

I recently needed to top-off the coolant on my car, but only used a part of the gallon-sized 100% antifreeze container that it came in - how long is it worth keeping the rest in my garage for future ...
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Oil in coolant - how much trouble am I in?

I have oil in my coolant reservoir. Could it just be the head gasket or is it almost certainly the entire engine or might it be something else entirely? Thanks in advance...
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Running with straight water as coolant in the summer. Is it fine?

I grew up flushing the coolant twice yearly. In the Spring, you drain the antifreeze and fill with straight water for the summer. In the Fall, you drain the water and put in a 50/50 antifreeze/water ...
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Drove up a curb in my '94 525i bmw and took a chunk out of the sidewalk

Immediately after going up the curb i put the car into reverse, and then park where i then turned the engine off as quickly as possible. Four of the fan's blade broke off, front right blinker popped ...
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What to do when antifreeze is in the oil casing

My son accidently poured some antifreeze into the place where the oil goes now the car runs with ticking when its idle
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Car wouldn't start apparently due to weak battery, but did start after I added coolant

I know there is a leak somewhere in the cooling system of my 1996 mazda 626. It is an old car, and I just keep adding coolant every two days. This morning, I was not able to start the car. It looked ...
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Is Prestone “All Makes/All Models” coolant *really* compatible with all models?

My car's manual says to use the blue Honda coolant: Always use Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2 [MSDS]. This coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. ...
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Igniting Engine after removing ECT(Engine Coolant Temperature) sensor

I read a bit about ECT (Engine Coolant Temp) sensor and learned it can be of Negative and Positive nature. But what i want to know is, if i remove the ECT sensor, i'll be able to ignite the car or ...
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Accidentally poured engine oil into the coolant reservoir

My 1990 Mazda 626 leaks oil like a sieve, so I regularly top up the oil. In a moment of stupidity, I opened my radiator cap instead of my oil cap while topping up my engine oil, and poured about ...
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Where does the coolant go?

I filled up the coolant a few months ago and today I found the coolant level is near MIN. Is it normal that coolant "evaporates" over time? Or does it mean that it is leaking somewhere?
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What's making my coolant overflow?

I got home to find a trail of coolant down the driveway and puddles forming under the car (1991 Toyota MR2 - 5SFE). Concerned that I blew a hose, I checked them all. Nothing. Finally decided to see ...
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Why did GM change the pressure rating of their coolant tank cap for existing vehicles?

GM has changed the part number for the radiator surge tank cap on vehicles that came from the factory with Dex-Cool. The new cap is 18 PSI (RC87 - part number 25713160), the old one for many vehicles ...
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My car's coolant temperature reaches almost 100 C / 212 F in a fast pace

Today, after a very hot day, I saw that my coolant was almost reaching 100C/212, I pulled over, stopped and took a look over the hood. The very little water that remained in the coolant tank was all ...
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2001 Ford F150 running hot

I changed my coolant hoses on my 2001 Ford F150 today. I let it idle for about 15 minutes and then took it for a test drive. It began to run hot during the test drive. What could cause this?
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My car won't start. Is it that I ran it without coolant or is it my battery?

Sunday I didn't use my car. At 9pm I moved it across the street because the street sweeper was passing on Monday. Monday morning at 8:30am my car doesn't start. I remembered that I haven't checked ...
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Second burst ancillary hose on Z20LET engine

This morning was the second time the same ancillary coolant hose burst in my car. It's a 2005 model Opel/Vauxhall Astra turbo coupe (engine is Z20LET). Prior to this, I have had many problems with ...
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Engine coolant gets to very low levels, but doesn't completely empty

2008 Toyota Tundra with a 5.7L V engine I noticed last month that my coolant reservoir was well below the 'low' mark. I filled her up, only to find out last week that it was back to the same spot ...
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Mercedes OM636: Can I Resolder Wire to Coolant Temperature Sensor?

The wire contact connected to the Coolant Temperature Sensor of my Mercedes OM636 (Boat engine same as Mercedes 170D, 180D) was corroded and got accidentally snapped off. Can I just solder this back ...
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Low coolant in freezing weather

I have been running straight water as coolant in my truck. As we have very few days in the single digits, I have had no trouble. However, today dropped to 7 degrees. I allowed my truck to warm up ...
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What happens if I drive without antifreeze in my car?

What happens if I drive without antifreeze in my car (no water / no antifreeze)? This is my main question. I've added some follow up questions that are specific to my situation but for the main ...
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Chronic ignition problems with 1996 Suburban, replacing distributor cap makes it go away

I'm trying to diagnose an ongoing ignition problem with a 1996 Chevy Suburban. Sometimes it won't start, and the previous owner said this happens regularly, and every time the problem occurred, ...
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How much coolant does a 98 Subaru Forester hold?

I'm looking to put an additive in my forester's cooling system, I'm not sure where to find out this information.
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where to put my coolant

I have a 325I 2003. I wanted to put coolant in my car and I started putting it in the reservoir. But I wasn't sure if that is where i put it so I stopped. Will it hurt if I put a little in the ...
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Oil in coolant none in oil

I have a 2003 F150 with a 5.4 engine. It started running rough and I noticed oil in my coolant. I checked the dipstick and it is clean. I was just a little low so I added oil. When I removed the oil ...
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Coolant boiling

When I start the engine it was showing me that the coolant level is low. I did buy a mixed antifreeze and put on top of the other. Like in 5 miles when I stopped I did hear a strange noise. I opened ...
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Is coolant testing necessary on modern vehicles?

My father in law continually reminds me to check my antifreeze when it starts getting cold. I get the squeeze tester out and it always shows everything is fine. We drive cars that are always less than ...
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F-150, heater will blow hot, then cold

F-150, heater will blow hot, then cold and then heat gauge will rise to extreme high, will boil over then gauge will drop to normal. Just had it flushed and no change. After driving for about 10-15 ...
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In Columbus, Ohio. 28 degrees out for last 9 hrs. Only water in radiator.Can I start and drive safely?

99 Ford Windstar. I kept water in all summer or else it ran hot. Been trying to get antifreeze in through the top because I had no money to pay to find and fix problem, now since cooler outside, water ...
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How can you tell the difference between oil or transmission fluid in the antifreeze?

I am in the process of repairing my 1997 Toyota 4-runner with a v-6 engine. I have only had the vehicle for a couple of days. I was doing a routine maintenance check on all the fluids. What I found ...
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2004 Ford Escape Reserve Coolant mixed with oil

I have been using my 2004 ford escape 4x4 v6 for nearly 7 years now since my dad gave it to me. I am not a very technical guy when it comes to car maintenance but I see to it that it is always ...
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Overflow tank's lid has been opened for a long time

I've just found that overflow tank's lid has been opened by itself. I dont know how long maybe four months since I bought it. Coolant level is now above the full mark. Does it cause any damage to the ...