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so today i was out looking at nsowbaord with my sister, and when i'm at stoplkights, i notice a kinda steamy/smoke coming out frmo under the hood.

Great.
i watch the temp gauge, and it is the same as usual..


end up getting home, popping the hood.. i rev it up a bit, and a cloud os teamy smoke comes uip from just behind the distributor.. smells like coolant. so i top it up, go for a quick drive.. come home, pop the hood, and there's more steam.. so, i look under the car a fdew minutes later.. there's a little pool of coolant collecthing there,. shitty.

i'm going into auto shop at school tomorrow to see what i can find out with my teachers help, and get her ready for the winter.

any ideas as to what it is? my uneducated guess would be a gasket is leaking, coolant is running over something hot, and what ever doens't vaporate, hits the ground under my car.

anyone got a better idea??

oh and i have a 95 GT
 

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The return line out of your heater core enters over by the coil pack on the back side of the engine. You could have a bad hose out of the heater core?
 

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When the water pump went on my grand prix it did that.. not to sure what to say about the escort. It was kinda cool though to watch it spray everywhere! It was at about this temperature when it happened too!
 

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Heater house, thermostat housing gasket, or head gasket. In that order.
 

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no problem... and I'd check the hose like highanddry said... but if you see it spewing out near the pump, I'd guess pump.
 

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ok, i've never changed a water pump on an escort.. is it hard? how lnog does it take?? and where exactly is it located/what else needs to be removed?/

i've done it on cadillacs, sunfire, cavliers, etc.
 

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I've read on here somewhere that it's easy... my grand prix was pretty simple, and I have been told the escort is easier... I believe that you just have to take the serp belt off, and it's on the left there... if you have a haynes manual, it's one of the few things explained well in there.
 

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It's not your waterpump - the pump is located on the other side (front) of the engine down by the crankshaft pulley. They have weep holes designed in them in case the seal fails - so you will see small puddles if this is the case. However, because the location is so low - you won't get coolant heating and forming steam - it can't conact a warm part of the engine.

Changing a water pump involves taking the timing belt off - a little bit of work, but not difficult.
 

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highanddry said:
It's not your waterpump - the pump is located on the other side (front) of the engine down by the crankshaft pulley. They have weep holes designed in them in case the seal fails - so you will see small puddles if this is the case. However, because the location is so low - you won't get coolant heating and forming steam - it can't conact a warm part of the engine.

Changing a water pump involves taking the timing belt off - a little bit of work, but not difficult.
that's what i was tihnking when iw as looking over my haynes manual (early xmas present, due to recent problems with the car :D ) and figured itwouldn't be that, since it's the other side.
 

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didn't even need a pressure tester.

just popped the hood, and my teacher squeezed the upper rad hose..a small but steady stream of coolant shot out of a small hose under the throttle body /throttle cable


got a makeshift replacement off another engine and bolted it back up.. seems to stop the leaking. so we'll see. i just ran outside right now and don't se any new coolant makrs on the ground.. so i hope it's fixed.
 
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