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carydip

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2005 11:56 pm
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All of a sudden my car started saying, "LOW COOLANT" and the temperature
gauge was high. So I went to WalMart, bought Dex-Cool and distilled water
and filled it up. Problem solved. But within the next two weeks I had to
keep putting in more and more, although the temperature gauge never went
up again. So now, after 2 gallons of coolant/water, it's empty again.
When I open the surge tank, it looks like black mud in the bottom of it.
What do I need? A flush? A new tank? I'm a grandma on low income--will
this be real expensive? I don't want to get taken. Any help??

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:08 am
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You need to have the cooling system checked to see where the coolant loss is
first. Could be anywhere around the engine.
"carydip" wrote in message

> All of a sudden my car started saying, "LOW COOLANT" and the temperature
> gauge was high. So I went to WalMart, bought Dex-Cool and distilled water
> and filled it up. Problem solved. But within the next two weeks I had to
> keep putting in more and more, although the temperature gauge never went
> up again. So now, after 2 gallons of coolant/water, it's empty again.
> When I open the surge tank, it looks like black mud in the bottom of it.
> What do I need? A flush? A new tank? I'm a grandma on low income--will
> this be real expensive? I don't want to get taken. Any help??
>
>



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git-r-done




Joined: Aug 15, 2005
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Location: Farmington, UT

(Msg. 3) Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 2:10 pm
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what size of engine does it have? 4 cylinder, or V6? if it is the 4 cylinder it may be the head gasket. have you noticed any smoke coming out of your exhaust? i hope it isn't your head gasket, that requires to engine tear down. i dont know how much on and achieva, but i know its a considerable amount on (about) the '96 Ford Taurus. let me know what size of engine, and i will try to find out how much the coolant system stuff is.
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carydip

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(Msg. 4) Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 11:15 pm
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Hi!
Thanks for taking the time to write. No smoke coming out from anywhere,
so I think I'm safe on that. It's an Achieva SL, I don't know if that
helps. I don't know how to tell what size the engine it is. It runs
fine. I filled it with Distilled water today, a neighbor said I don't
need coolant in the summer. Hope he's right!
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(Msg. 5) Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 11:25 pm
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Wrong you need a 50/50 mixture of coolant year round. Read my first reply.
"carydip" wrote in message

> Hi!
> Thanks for taking the time to write. No smoke coming out from anywhere,
> so I think I'm safe on that. It's an Achieva SL, I don't know if that
> helps. I don't know how to tell what size the engine it is. It runs
> fine. I filled it with Distilled water today, a neighbor said I don't
> need coolant in the summer. Hope he's right!
>
>



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(Msg. 6) Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2005 3:11 pm
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does the top of the engine kinda look like a grill with QUAD OHC (2.4 liter engine) on it, does the 2 things that look like a grill, with one or both having a place to put oil in, and it looks like and intake on too the looks like a little grill too. so 3 grill looking things, 2 will/should be angled(3.3 liter engine)? I dont know how acurate my book is, it only goes to '95 yeah, you dont realy need the anti-freeze coolant in the summer, it just ads chenicals to the water to keep it from freezing. so you will be fine with just putting water in it, until this winter.
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(Msg. 7) Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2005 12:30 am
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Actually, antifreeze helps stabilize your coolant, helps it to not
overheat, prevents rust, and keeps your seals from drying out. You should
always have the manufacturers recommended level of antifreeze.
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(Msg. 8) Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 5:08 pm
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MORE THAN LIKELY IT'S YOUR WATER PUMP. HAVE HAD TO DO MINE TWICE IN THE 8 YEARS I HAVE HAD IT. THEY RUN ABOUT A 1000.00 FOR A SHOP TO DO.
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