Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my post.
I have a 1993 Toyota 4runner with about 170k miles on it. I recently got the brake fluid drained and replaced, a new battery, and the radiator cap replaced and topped off the fluids on it. Recently we have had two issues:
the car is having a tough time starting in the morning. I hear a clicking when I turn the key. Sometimes the engine starts to chug, but it takes a few goes to get it to actually start.
The last time I was driving, which was for about 40 minutes, white smoke started coming out from under the hood when I stopped at a stoplight. The smoke smells a little sweet but also burnt. I was close to home, so I drove home. It was about 5 more minutes of driving. When I got home, I turned off the engine and smoke was still coming out from under the hood. White smoke. I opened the hood and the smoke seemed to be coming from somewhere behind the engine, or, between the engine and where the driver would sit. I started to hear liquid falling so I looked under the car and there was quite a bit of yellow/green neon colored liquid falling to the ground.
First of all, I don't know a lot about cars but I'm not completely mechanically challenged (I did have a huge K'Nex set as a kid). I would like to know if this is something you think I could fix myself or if it is something that I should take into a shop. I am tentative to take it into a shop because I just took it into Firestone for this problem. I spent 400 dollars. They charged me 125 dollars just to look at the car. I don't really want to do that again. At the end of the day I got a lot of stuff but they didn't actually fix the problem.
What is the problem?
How do I fix it?
If I do need to take it in somewhere, can I drive it without damaging the engine?
Thank you for your time