99 Escort 2.0 litre split port induction. The #3 spark plug well has
antifreeze in it. I cannot see anyplace it is coming from, except for from
inside the well itself. For several months now when I hit the brakes fairly
hard, I would get a big puff of smoke from under the hood and couldn't
figure it out. I now think it is antifreeze coming out of the well and
hitting the exaust manifold.
My question is , is the fluid coming from a crack in the head?( I probably
already know this answer, but am hoping it may be something else.)
What color is the smoke? Blue or white? Is there a sweat smell? Are you
I would be very surprised if there was a crack in the head that goes from
the water jacket to the surface of the head. However, it is certainly
BTW, a water pressure test can be a false negative. Sometimes the cracks
only open up when the engine is hot.
The smoke is white. I am not using any coolant. There is only about a
tablespoon of coolant in the well. I can see a stain on the exhaust manifold
where the fluid is running down from the well. When I hit the brakes hard it
must spill out of the well onto the hot manifold. The leak cannot be very
bad, as I am not really loosing any coolant. Is this fixable, or do I need a
new head?(besides the one on my shoulders)
It's possible that the head can be welded or something. However, what I
would do is get a used head. I would put it someplace safe, like in your
garage. I would watch the coolant level and when the coolant level starts to
fall a lot, then I would get the head reconditioned and put the new head on.
I would also try to see if there is another source for the water. It seems
that if there is a leak that is bad enough to cause a lot of smoke and have
water there all the time, that the leak is from someplace else if you aren't
losing that much coolant. Maybe there is a hole in the hose that supplies
the windshield washer fluid. Or somehow water from outside the car (rain) is
I don't think I would rush to replace the cylinder head if you aren't losing
much coolant. But, I would also be afraid that the crack would suddenly
expand, causing real problems and damaging the rest of the engine. So, at
the very least, I would be ready to get the head reconditioned and put on.
I would also try to find out if there are Ford technical service bulletins
about this. If there are, you might get Ford to pay for the work or at least
a large portion of the work.
The liquid in the well is definetly coolant. There are no hoses in the area,
and it is only present in the #3 spark plug well.
I will check the service bulletins.
I just made the last payment on the car last month and thought I was home
It is definetly coolant in the well. There are no hoses in the area. I have
looked everywhere and the only evidence is a stain running out of the
sparkplug well and down the exhaust manifold. I will check the service
Ignore it. If the coolant level is not dropping at any great rate then just
leave it and keep your eye on it. Why anyone would advise a head job for
that is beyond me ! The only concern is that when you remove the plug you
should mop the wet up first to avoid getting water in the cylinder.
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