Recently on very cold December mornings I start up my 95 Escort, turn on the
heater and leave it to warm up for a few minutes. For the last several mornings
when I return to the car I notice there is a little puddle of antifreeze that
has dripped on the ground near the middle of the front end. Sometimes there is
also a small oil leak as well.. about a foot to the left. I can see the
antifreeze leaking in a slow drip but can't determine where it's coming from.
Radiator was replaced 1 year ago and water pump two years ago. After the car
warms up it does not leak again until the next morning. Also I started up the
car today after a 2 day break from work with the outside temp 62 degrees... No
Any suggestions on what to look for or what to expect when I take it to the
A lot of cars have an oil filter adapter plate that bolts to the engine
block; behind that plate is a gasket that holds the oil in and it also
interfaces with the coolant outlet. As the gasket ages, it will leak
with a cold engine, but stops leaking when the engine warms up &
expands, pressing tighter against the gasket & plate. The solution is a
new gasket, hopefully one with an improved design.
I am reasonably sure that a 1995 Escort does not have this. The oil
filter is on the opposite side from the coolant lines that go back to
the heater, which I would think makes this unlikely. Plus I do not
see any adapter where I put in the oil filter.
It might be helpful if you told is exactly what model Escort you have
(1.8L or 1.9) AT or manual, and the number of miles on the car. And
check out http://www.feoa.net (Ford Escort Owners and Appreciators
website). It would also be helpful if you tried popping open the hood
and looking for leaks and with the engine off remove the hose between
the air filter and the throddle body and look at your thermostat /
coolant temperature sensors / heater hoses area. And don't be so
quick rule out a water pump or radiator, as the quality on most
automotive replacement parts is quite poor unless you know where to
Leaking radiators are common on them due to the seals breaking around the
plastic tanks. I replaced mine on my 94 with a NAPA unit and it works
good. It is a pretty easy job to do. Might be a water pump also.
Leaking crankshaft seal could be the culprit for the oil. Had the timing
belt changed? If not then that is the time to do the seal. Only thing that
has to come off is the harmonic balancer and right there is the seal pressed
into the oil pump housing. It is also an easy fix.
Childfree Scott wrote:
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