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Old 08-05-2003, 07:57 PM
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Losing coolant, can't find any leaks

Have to top off reservoir every 4 weeks. No water in oil, no water from tailpipe. No drips or other signs of external leakage. Is this normal?
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Old 08-05-2003, 09:02 PM
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It is not normal. You are losing coolant somewhere.

If it is not leaking on the ground i would guess that you are burning it. And i am guessing that it is a head gasket leak that isn't full blown yet, meaning you only lose coolant when the engine is running because it is sucking it in. Once the head gasket goes all the way you will see it in the oil.

You will not see any smoke or water coming out the tail pipe when losing such small amounts of coolant due to the cats.

Sometimes on rare occasions if your PCV valve and/or entire PCV system is clogged/faulty the opposite pressure can cause the engine to suck coolant.

You also might want to make sure it isn't a leaky heater core and the coolant is running out of the condensate line (Where the air cond drips on the ground)

good luck.
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Old 08-05-2003, 10:40 PM
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If you can find a shop with a gas analyzer( smog machine ) you can see if you have exhaust gas in the radiator.
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Old 08-06-2003, 01:32 AM
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What motor is in your truck?
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Old 08-06-2003, 03:01 AM
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Check your plug wells, it may have been leaking down into there and getting ready to foul a plug out.
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Old 08-06-2003, 09:34 AM
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How many miles on your truck?
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Old 08-06-2003, 09:42 AM
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Do you smell coolant anywhere and have you checked the floor of the passenger side, possibly a heater core leak?
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Old 08-06-2003, 09:48 AM
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Any white smoke coming from the exhaust? This could indicate a head gasket leak. Have you pulled the plugs to take a look at them? If they're extremely clean, or if you notice coolant on them, again, could be a head gasket. Take a look at the timing cover area, especially if your 97 is a 4.2L.
Post your engine and mileage. I think we could all help you much easier if you do that. Good luck!
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Old 08-15-2003, 02:20 PM
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losing coolant

There were a couple of problems with the early versions of the 4.2L Ford motor. One is the head gasket leak, the other...

Mysterious Coolant Loss
The AERA Technical Committee offers the following information regarding coolant loss on 1996-2002 Ford 4.6L VIN 6, 9, W and X engines. Varied amounts of coolant loss have been reported on these engines. In some instances, no obvious external sign of the coolant has been seen.


Coolant loss may be traced to small cracks in the intake manifold coolant crossover. The coolant crossover is located below the first intake runner as shown in Figure 2.

Damaged intake manifolds should be replaced. Ford Motor Company offers eight different services consisting of new intake manifolds and all the necessary replacement items specific to individual Ford car or truck models.

Hope this gives you somewhere to look.

Art
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Old 08-15-2003, 04:54 PM
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Hello laneman,

It is possible that the water pump has a slow leak but the heat from the engine is burning off the coolant before you see it.
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Old 08-15-2003, 06:18 PM
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I didn't get what motor you have but while the truck is running check the heater hose on the passenger top rear of the motor. I had one of those that only leaked when the motor was running once, quick fix with a flathead.
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