01 ford tarus ses started smoking coolent bottle was empty help!!!!!

Asked by Dec 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM about the 2001 Ford Taurus SES

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car started smoking one day parked
check coolent levels and my coolent bottle
was empty dont think i have a leak and was
just filled at a lube shop  the smoke smelled
strongly of coolent it has bad gaskets but
didnt think that would afftect that pls help

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Also was good for almost 2 months

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When the car cools down, open the hood and look for leaks. When the car is cold, repeat cold, very carefully undo the radiator cap and look at the level inside the radiator. The system is normally under pressure so be very careful.

I did that i also put water in seem like its staying cool for now getting a bottle of fluid later i saw someone said something about the head gasket ... ?

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You can google steps needed to check for a bad head gasket. Same for a bad intake manifold gasket and water pump gasket. But start with the simple things to check like all hose connections.

Have badi ntake gasket for sure i knew that when i bought it the water pump was just replaced

I not trying to ahoot u down but i went thru the simple steps i need more advance my uncle is say blown head gasket

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A blown head gasket can cause a coolant leak, just as a blown intake gasket which you state you know you already have. A blown head gasket can cause any of these conditions: air leaking into engine, causing rough running, or crankcase gases leaking into the intake, causing excess oil consumption and fouled plugs, or an internal coolant leak, causing a milky mix of oil and coolant, or an external coolant leak, causing coolant loss - which is what you have. Time to replace those gaskets. A stopgap solution is something like Bar's Liquid Copper, but if you plan to keep this motor running it needs a mild rebuild.

How bad is a mild rebuild

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Let's assume you have a bad head gaskets and intake manifold gaskets. You'll have to pull the heads and intake manifold to replace those. Since the heads are off that would be the time to address the condition of the valve train (lifters, valves, seats, possibly cams if DOHC).

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