What would make my van smell like antifreeze?

Tiny
HEIDIDELORME
  • 1999 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 177 MILES

And steam only once steamed, and have a clear oily substance coming from radiator?

My van smells like antifreeze and steamed once, there is also a clear oily substance coming from the bottom of my radiator and there is a squealing noise coming from under hood

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 5:51 PM

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Tiny
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The oily substance don't bode well. The overheating could have damaged the engine head gaskets allowing engine oil to get to the cooling system. You would need a test to confirm.

The coolant smell means there is a leak somewhere with your cooling system.

As to the noise, you need to locate the source of it to understand what is causing it.

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 6:17 PM
Tiny
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It did not over heat just steamed one time and the oily substance happen before the steam ever happend. And I think the noise is from belt fan belt

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 6:31 PM
Tiny
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Where did the steam come from if it did not overheat?

A loose belt would definitely squeal.

You need to check for leaks, test the engine for a bad head gasket and locate the source of coolant leaking.

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 7:00 PM

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