I don't know much about cars, but my 1992 Ford Taurus is leaking
antifreeze all over the floor (mainly on the driver's side, but a
little on the passenger's side too). Does anyone out there know what
could be the problem, and what I'd have to do to fix it and the cost
of fixing it? I bought some stuff that was supposed to stop the leaks
for $2.99, and it looked like it worked for a few days (floor didn't
get as wet and everything) but I noticed that the antifreeze is back
again. I don't even know where it's coming from. Any help would be
Could be the radiator. Could be hoses. You'll have to locate the
source of the leak to be sure. To do that, wipe all visible
antifreeze off the engine and frame and what-not. Then leave the car
sitting for a little while and go check it. Follow the traces of
fluid back to their source.
The Taurus radiator probably has the drain plug on the drivers side.
The 91 Escort I used to have had it there. It's conceivable that the
drain is not fully closed or is not sealed. (OTOH, on my BroncoII the
drain is on the passenger side)
*If* it is the radiator, it's an easy fix (well, at least with a
manual transmission). The radiator on my SUV (BroncoII) was leaking a
couple weeks back. $160 for the new radiator, and a couple hours of
labor. The procedure is basically:
unscrew the fan shroud, since it is screwed to the radiator
drain the radiator
disconnect the hoses (3 of them)
unscrew the radiator from the grille
pull the radiator out
put the new one in
screw it to the grille
connect the hoses
fill it with antifreeze
screw the fan shroud back on
Some vehicles are a little more complex -- if you have an automatic
transmission then the ATF cooler is sitting in the radiator tank and
you'll have to remove that and put it in the new one. A friend of
mine says there are about 3 things (trans. oil cooler being one of
them) in the radiator on his Volvo 850 Turbo.
Of course, as the other respondant indicates, the heater core would
have antifreeze flowing through it, so that could be the source of the
leak. The only thing I know about that is my dad replaced the heater
core in the '88 Pontiac 6000 Safari Wagon I borrowed from him last
winter. Something wasn't right with the new one because even after
half an hour of highway driving I still had no _warm_ air, let alone
hot. (I just made sure to wear my jacket and gloves :-))
In the meantime, be sure to keep a bottle of antifreeze in the trunk
so you can refill as necessary :-).
Not that I'm an expert, but there's what I know/think. :-).
He who spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
Thanks for your help! I know it's not the heater core (already been
replaced... twice!) so I'm assuming it's a leak. I'll only get it
fixed if the price is right. I have another question. When I had my
first heater core replaced, I got a defective one and the mechanic
told me that it'll run its course... but it never actually did. I
waited about 5 months and got the new one put in (for free) and it
worked fine. I just wanted to know how dangerous it was for me to be
inhaling the antifreeze smoke coming through the heating system? It
occasionally made me feel dizzy and sick, and it did to my friends
too. I ended up getting "immuned" to it.. so it didn't bother me after
a while. I tried doing some searching and I saw a few different things
that it could've done... like severely damaged my liver or lungs.
Again, any help is appreciated! Thanks!
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