Having problems with your 1996 Ford Explorer ?

My 2001 mercury sable is loosing anti-freeze, I do not see any signs of it leaking but when I am sitting idle at a stop light steam appears to come from under the passenger side of the engine compartment. My windows do not fog up nor does the car seem to be over heating. Also the heater works fine, however I do get the smell of anti-freeze.

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 18-03-2019

Answers :

Sounds like you have a pin-hole leak in one of the (heater?) hoses on that side, you can get some U.V. (Ultra-Violet) dye for anti-freeze from a car parts place for about $4-16 USD and a UV cfc (corkscrew shaped) bulb for about $20 USD that when mounted in a table lamp w/ an extension cord to reach to the car (AFTER you turn the car OFF!) will show exactly where the fluid is coming out (or at least where it is hitting/ spraying to) follow the directions on the package (the stuff that I get from NAPA is very potent so that you can even see it in daylight sometimes WITHOUT a UV light) good luck hunting!
You have a small leak, probably in the radiator. You do not see drips because the coolant is leaking onto hot engine or exhaust parts or the hot radiator, and evaporating. This is why you see steam.
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