SMOKE AND GAS FUMES

  • Tiny
  • LeRea
  • 1996 Ford Contour
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • manual
  • 217,000 miles

1996 ford contour se 2.5 liter 5 speed. I drove my car approximately 10 miles and it started to overheat, I heard a loud tapping noise and then seen smoke. I smell a strong gasoline smell. I checked the oil and it is fine I also am losing coolant. I have previously replaced radiator hoses, thermostat, sparkplugs and wires, starter, and battery.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 AT 10:46 PM

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  • Tiny
  • caradiodoc
  • Expert
  • 24,890 posts

Where are you seeing the smoke? Some of what you described suggests a leakikng head gasket. Typically that will cause white smoke from the tail pipe, but if it's leaking externally, you might see steam coming from under the hood.

A cooling system pressure test and a combustion gas test at the radiator are two tests that might confirm a head gasket or other cooling system problem.

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Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 AT 11:33 PM
  • Tiny
  • LeRea
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Thankyou!

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Thursday, May 19th, 2011 AT 12:08 AM

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