replaced a radiator hose on a 1999 sable after overheating.Now white smoke and coolant are coming out of the tailpipe. How bad is it?

Asked by Jun 06, 2012 at 02:57 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2 Answers

210,665

Very. I suspect your radiator hose burst sending coolant everywhere, and you drove it till the engine overheated. There is a gasket between the head and the motor called a headgasket that holds the coolant in. Yours is allowing coolant to go into the engine and out the exhaust. But I don't think just the headgasket is bad, due to the heat the head probably warped or cracked, allowing the coolant to bypass this gasket. So, in not so specific words, your going to need an engine rebuild or new engine. Sorry.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
Best Answer
210,665

I forgot you might also have a cracked engine block. Time to have a local mechanic assess the situation and offer you some options.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • coolant hoses 2 answers

    I have a 2001 mercury sable 3.0 dohc or something like that... My car started to overheat on my way to work. Pulled over and. Had to get it towed back home. My mechanic said that it wasnt the ther...

    2001 Mercury Sable GS

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Nothing blowing from my heat or AC in my 1999 mercury sable what could be wrong ? 3 answers

    1999 Mercury Sable 4 Dr LS Sedan

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2001 mercury sable 24v sputtering issues. 2 answers

    When I drive my 2001 mercury sable on Highway or roads, its fine. When it's in park, it will run but here and there it will sputter but it will stay running. Now here's were it has the most proble...

    2001 Mercury Sable LS Premium

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car smoking ??? 2 answers

    I've been having some issues with my car and the coolant resevoir, I believe. So when I'm driving my car is fine, but if I'm sitting in traffic for too long with my car running, after a while my ca...

    2008 Mercury Milan

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • White smoke from tailpipe. 4 answers

    White smoke from tailpipe. Not leaking of oil or coolants and runs fine. Have notices very small hesitation once or twice. Appears to be a a lot of white smoke when you first start car? Week prior...

    2007 Audi A6 3.2 Quattro

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Search Mercury Questions

Mercury Experts

#1 joemom
joemom
Reputation 20,750
#2 Tracy Hooks
Tracy Hooks
Reputation 5,250
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 3,780
View All