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thermostat or head gasket

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by jim93escortwagon, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. jim93escortwagon

    jim93escortwagon Guest

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    my car starts up and idles rough. i can hear almost a clicking. when it starts to warm up it begins blowing white smoke from the tailpipe. it never really warms up though. the heater blows lukewarm air. i just replaced the thermostat, so is it possible that i did it wrong? i saw some of that oil/coolant mix going into my heater core tube, but i thought that i would have got that out with the coolant flush that i did after the thermostat was installed.

    is there a way to install the thermostat wrong so it stays open?

    is it possible to just have buildup in the heater core? if so, to flush it, do you have to pump water directly in there?

    why would the car only begin to burn coolant after it starts warming up? does that mean theres a crack in the upper part of the head?
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    Jeffescortlx FEOA Member

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    Berek New Member

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    Yea your head is toast.THe gasket probably swells and reveals a good place for the antifreeze to go out is why it smokes after it gets warmed up,or mabe the crack in your head is somewhere around the water inlet and it waits till water is circulated by the thermostat
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    DeathSlinger00 FEOA Member

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    yep, sounds like a blown head gasket to me. did you pull out your oil dipstick to check and see if the oil looks like chocolate milk? that (along with smoke out the tailpipe and cold/lukewarm air out the vents) is usually a telltale sign. oh, and check your coolant level while your at it.

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