I have a 00' Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer I have a leak coming from under the starter on the engine smell like antifreeze could that be the water pump and also it started to shutter and it had a smell of burnt wires and the check engine light started blinking off and on?

Asked by Feb 02, 2015 at 04:50 PM about the 2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer started to shutter and wouldn't go over 45mph my check engine light started blinking off and on then I smelled something burning like burnt wires and sulfur. After I get to work I looked at my vehicle and seen a leak coming from the front of my engine and under the starter it smells like antifreeze. What could be the problems of my vehicle?

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The 4.0 engine of that era has an upper radiator hose connection which may be made of plastic. It contains the thermostat and engine temp sending unit. After a while they develop a small crack. The water runs backward toward the rear of the vehicle and runs downward toward the starter. The miss you see at 45mph most often times is a sign a complete tuneup is needed. Erratic shifting normally accompanies the miss under load. Replace the plugs and wires. Also check the coil as a failure on one of the banks will cause the same problem.

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