Occasional Green Leak, Need To Fix Myself

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Old 12-15-08, 08:19 AM
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Occasional Green Leak, 1999 Ford Escort

I need someone to walk me through fixing this problem using layman's terms. I'm currently out of work so I have no money at all to spend on this car.

Here are the facts:

It's a 1999 Ford Escort SE.

It leaks bright green fluid near the driver side front wheel. This morning was the second time; the first time was also during a period of extremely cold weather a couple weeks ago. Fluid levels seemed okay at that time, so I assumed I had simply parked over someone else's leak.

If relevant: the A/C hasn't worked for at least two years. I had it checked and there wasn't a freon leak. I decided to live without A/C rather than indulge in further expenses.

Heat works.

I recently had new brakes put on, new tire on front driver side, and need new rotars.

I had the coil replaced about seven years ago.
 

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Old 12-15-08, 08:53 AM
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Green would seem to indicate anti-freeze...or possibly windshield washer fluid?
I'm not sure why (or if) the cold weather had anything to do with it.

Check the routing of the hose for your radiator overflow tank, see if its in the spot where you noticed the fluid. Make sure your radiator overflow is not overfilled as well.

I'm sure some of the Car Guys will be around...
 
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Old 12-15-08, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45 View Post
Green would seem to indicate anti-freeze...or possibly windshield washer fluid?
I'm not sure why (or if) the cold weather had anything to do with it.

Check the routing of the hose for your radiator overflow tank, see if its in the spot where you noticed the fluid. Make sure your radiator overflow is not overfilled as well.

I'm sure some of the Car Guys will be around...
Thanks, Gunguy, I'll check that out and then check back later too...
 
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Reminder: That kind of green is not environmentally friendly. If it is anti freeze, the sweet smell attracts pets and other animals. If they lap it up, it is poison and can kill them. The sooner fixed the better.
 
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Old 12-15-08, 12:08 PM
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A leak from the driver's side suggests the coolant leak is from the radiator or upper radiator hose.

A leak that occurs only when cold suggests the outlets shrank where the upper radiator hose is clamped. Tighten the clamps down a bit.

Make sure the the upper radiator hose hasn't swelled. If you see swelling, replace the hose. I had this exact same problem with my 98 Escort that resulted in a leak.

Keep an eye on the coolant level.
 
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Old 12-15-08, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by goldstar View Post
Reminder: That kind of green is not environmentally friendly. If it is anti freeze, the sweet smell attracts pets and other animals. If they lap it up, it is poison and can kill them. The sooner fixed the better.
Respectfully noted, thank you. I noticed it evaporated rather quickly (at least there isn't anything green out there anymore, unless it changed color or something). I hope no animals licked any of it before that happened!
 
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Originally Posted by Kestas View Post
A leak from the driver's side suggests the coolant leak is from the radiator or upper radiator hose.

A leak that occurs only when cold suggests the outlets shrank where the upper radiator hose is clamped. Tighten the clamps down a bit.

Make sure the the upper radiator hose hasn't swelled. If you see swelling, replace the hose. I had this exact same problem with my 98 Escort that resulted in a leak.

Keep an eye on the coolant level.
Thank you I checked the coolant level and it's to the full line. Strange, isn't it? I'll check the hose too...many thanks again.
 
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