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1994 Ford Escort Wagon


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04-29-05, 12:43 PM   #1  
1994 Ford Escort Wagon

I am having a problem with a water leak. I can smell anti-freeze when hot under the hood but do not see it steaming from anywhere. I am losing 5 to 6 cups of coolant a day. There is no water in the oil or oil in the coolant. The floor is dry inside the car so I figure it is not the heater core. Car has yet to go into the red on the temp gauge but it seems to vary all over. The smell of coolant from under the hood seems to be coming from the right front, by the manifold. Could it be a bad head gasket? I had the car to a local garage and they put 16 lbs pressure on the system and couldn't find any leaks and had no pressure loss. I had a new water pump put in along with the timing belt probably 6,000 miles ago but this seems to be coming from the other side of the engine. Also no water on the ground.

 
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04-30-05, 03:21 AM   #2  
Couple of things in that area of the engine compartment: a heater hose and your coolant recovery tank. I would look real close at the coolant recovery tank and the hose to it from the radiator. A leak there could cause loss of coolant that wouldn't neceassarily show up with the pressure test. Probably wouldn't hurt to replace the radiator cap if you haven't already.


Measure it with a micrometer; cut it with an ax.

 
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04-30-05, 03:47 AM   #3  
Coolant recovery tank is on the left side to the front and seems to be ok. This smell is definitely coming from the right side of engine down by the manifold. Cap also seems to be ok. Also heater hose is ok, all dry. What gets me is no steam or noticable water coming from lost coolant. Best I can figure is the lost coolant is hitting the manifold and evaporating. That is why I am thinking head gasket. Is there anything else in that area that could leak? There also is no white smoke out of the tailpipe. All of the classic signs of head gasket are not showing.

 
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04-30-05, 03:54 AM   #4  
Must have changed the tank location; my daughter's '96 is on the other side. Generally a head gasket leak will be internal, with the coolant either going into a cylinder and being burned or into the oil, both of which you seem to have eliminated. With it holding a good pressure when tested, beats me where it could be going. Could still be a head gasket problem even with no noticable water vapor out the tp. Might try pulling the plugs for a look. If you find one or more that is cleaner than the others, a compression check might be in order. Head gasket leaks into cylinders tend to "steam-clean" the spark plug in that cylinder.


Measure it with a micrometer; cut it with an ax.

 
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