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1) So recently I've been noticing Ive had some leaks under my car and judging by the fluid it was 50/50 coolant. Which is confirmed when I had to fill up my reservoir every week. But in addition to that I noticed yellow sludges around the oil pan under my car. I didn't know what that meant. But last week I bought alumiseal to hopefully fix my leaking radiator. Sure enough it worked and no more coolant leaks. But what I also noticed was the yellow sludges now stop forming, instead all the remains are the old sludges (now hard and crusted). So what were those yellow sludges and did it have anything to do with the leaking radiator fluid or was that a coincidence?


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2) I've noticed, when my car has been parked over night or not used for hours (when the engine is cold), the moment I put the gear in reverse I feel a sudden kick on the acceleration. I don't press the gas, all I did was release the brake and the car jolts. However, when Ive been driving for a while and I put the gear in reverse, the car slowly reverse without any sudden kick or anything.
Whats going on with this?
It actually had always been like this, but I never thought about it until recently.
 

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My car jerked into reverse for a while too.

The previous owner had corrected the rough idle by affixing a piece of vacuum tubing to the peg on the underside of the throttle body that reacts against the butterfly valve. This speed the idle up (and no, the PCM never adjusted it down either, I drove it like that for at least a year before I got to looking around under there) so whenever I shifted into reverse it was like I had my foot on the gas.

I seriously doubt that is what is wrong with your car though.
 

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Not to hijack the thread but since this post brought it up.....

What is everyone's opinions on radiator stop leak?

I have heard it can clog up heater cores like an MFer.
 

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My dad has used with no problems but it was not on an Escort. The clogging stuff up part does seem possible though. The radiators on these cars look vary easy to change though so you won't see me using that stuff. My moms Taurus on the other hand... you can barely see the radiator and the shop said its a big job to change it out. The mechanic actually put stop leak in it and it fixed it right up. My personal opinion is that replacing the leaking part is the best.
 

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thebeans said:
Not to hijack the thread but since this post brought it up.....

What is everyone's opinions on radiator stop leak?

I have heard it can clog up heater cores like an MFer.
I used it one time about 25 years ago. A week later I had to take the radiator off and have it professionally cleaned. First and last time I ever had to have a radiator cleaned. I'll never use it again!!
 

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In my 50 plus years of driving I've used it a few times (don't remember exactly how many times). It always worked and never had any clogging issues. With this being said, the best way of course it to professionally repair or replace with new the raditor.
 

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FordMan59 said:
thebeans said:
Not to hijack the thread but since this post brought it up.....

What is everyone's opinions on radiator stop leak?

I have heard it can clog up heater cores like an MFer.
I used it one time about 25 years ago. A week later I had to take the radiator off and have it professionally cleaned. First and last time I ever had to have a radiator cleaned. I'll never use it again!!
Yeah, but did your heater core still work? :lol:
 

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If it worked and doesn't cause any problems I wouldn't worry about it. If that stuff always caused problems they would stop making it because no one would by it (kinda like the escort :D ).

If you are due for a coolant flush I might do that a little sooner rather than later though.
 

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the yellow stuff could be from the block water seals, Rust is the worst enemy inside an engine block and water seals.
 

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+1 for the Engine/Radiator Flush.

Bars leak, has killed 3 of my radiators, (one was like that when I got the car)and blown 2 head gaskets due to clogging at the bottom of the radiator. It's nasty stuff, and takes forever to clean out of the whole system. The car I got with it like that still has a clogged heater core, and I had to replace the thermostat because it clogged it shut. God only knows what it does to the water journals inside the Engine! A temporary fix could cause permanant problems in my book. It's fine to get the vehicle home, but once you do, get that stuff out and replace the broken part!
 

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thebeans said:
FordMan59 said:
thebeans said:
Not to hijack the thread but since this post brought it up.....

What is everyone's opinions on radiator stop leak?

I have heard it can clog up heater cores like an MFer.
I used it one time about 25 years ago. A week later I had to take the radiator off and have it professionally cleaned. First and last time I ever had to have a radiator cleaned. I'll never use it again!!
Yeah, but did your heater core still work? :lol:
The heater core was fine.
 
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