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Hi guys. I was wondering why my Vulcan ('02 Taurus SE, 132k now) actually steams whenever I come to a stop, especially on cold days, mostly when it's snowing/raining? I've checked all of the fluids, and there's no leaks anywhere (Anymore - Replaced the oil pan gasket over a week ago). There's no smell to it, and there's no warning lights on. The car doesn't overheat (About 1/3 of the way up the temp gauge); no sputters, stalling, etc. I was thinking maybe the moisture is just hitting the warm parts, but I'm not 100% on this. My '97 GL with the same engine never did this, and it concerns me a little. Any ideas on the causes? I've been here a few years and the threads have helped alot, and I thank you all!

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Have a great night!
 

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this would be just vapours from the heat of the exhaust gases meeting the cool air.



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I kind of thought so, Ian. Never all out worried me, just a little concerned. Thanks for the speedy reply!
 

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Thank you as well JW and Sheila. The coolant is still right smack in the center of the reservoir but it's sort of a pukey brown color - Or at least it looks that way in there. I guess I need a flush at some point. But as I said, no smell - No loss in power, heat, etc. The only other car to do that to me was the 01 Aurora - And that has a blown head gasket.....Overheats so much, I know it's done for. I never wanted that car though, and I refuse to drive it
 

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Thank you as well JW and Sheila. The coolant is still right smack in the center of the reservoir but it's sort of a pukey brown color - Or at least it looks that way in there. I guess I need a flush at some point. But as I said, no smell - No loss in power, heat, etc. The only other car to do that to me was the 01 Aurora - And that has a blown head gasket.....Overheats so much, I know it's done for. I never wanted that car though, and I refuse to drive it
As for the coolant colour, these cars have serious cooling system corrosion issues, it probably needs a really good flush, hopefully it hasn't plugged your heater core yet.
 

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As for the coolant colour, these cars have serious cooling system corrosion issues, it probably needs a really good flush, hopefully it hasn't plugged your heater core yet.
I don't think it has - It gets rather toasty in the cabin
 

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I don't think it has - It gets rather toasty in the cabin
Might be a good idea to flush the system while it still works correctly. Perhaps it might be a good idea to bypass the heater core while you do it, to reduce the risk of back flushing some crap into it. But I'm not sure.
 

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Might be a good idea to flush the system while it still works correctly. Perhaps it might be a good idea to bypass the heater core while you do it, to reduce the risk of back flushing some crap into it. But I'm not sure.

Here's a dumb question (And I bet there's something in the topic finder) - Is that easy to do? It's going for another oil change soon (Almost 2500 miles on it already), would it be easier to just have the garage do it?
 

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Found a leak!

It's hard to explain - There's a 90 degree metal hose coming off of my upper coolant hose - And it's two nice little streams coming out of it and spraying all over my cooling fans (And engine). Coolant sure stinks when it's burning, and it's brown. Any idea what that little line is called and what it's for? I was thinking trans cooler but not sure. Tried scouring for a cooling system diagram but no one seems to have one, and Auto Zone is no help - They said to replace all my hoses to make sure, but the other ones look pretty good. Any help would be great!
 

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It's hard to explain - There's a 90 degree metal hose coming off of my upper coolant hose - And it's two nice little streams coming out of it and spraying all over my cooling fans (And engine). Coolant sure stinks when it's burning, and it's brown. Any idea what that little line is called and what it's for? I was thinking trans cooler but not sure. Tried scouring for a cooling system diagram but no one seems to have one, and Auto Zone is no help - They said to replace all my hoses to make sure, but the other ones look pretty good. Any help would be great!
Got angry from the awful coolant smell when burning so I basically shoved the remaining rubber hose all the way to the upper coolant hose and clamped it. No more leak and you can't even tell that there was ever the metal elbow!

People tell me all the time that this car will nickel and dime me to death.....But when you buy a used car (ANY make and model), there's going to be some issues. Mine are all done as far as I can tell - At least for now. Actually that Aurora is worse, especially with that head gasket and aluminum block.....
 

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People tell me all the time that this car will nickel and dime me to death.....But when you buy a used car (ANY make and model), there's going to be some issues. Mine are all done as far as I can tell - At least for now. Actually that Aurora is worse, especially with that head gasket and aluminum block.....
Most people that lease or own new cars don't like to think about their monthly payments when they go on about how much it must cost to maintain an older car. Not that I'm against people buying new or anything, but nothing is free or cheap anymore. You'll pay either way.

I'd much rather fix and run a car until it's dead. And by dead, I mean bald tires, no suspension, blown engine/transmission, rusted in half, with a ruined interior dead. Every car deserves to have the hell driven out of it. :lol2:

If I bought I new car, I would be pretty determined to get at least 250k out of it. But I'm one of those guys who likes to see how far they can push a car.
 
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