Engine Cooling problem
1999 Ford Escort Front Wheel Drive Automatic 148001 miles
The other day I heard a gurgling under my dashboard, it only lasted for about 3 seconds, and I heard nothing else after that. Today, while driving home, I heard it again - a lot - and as I was idling in traffic, the car started to shake, and overheat really badly. There was really no smell coming from the car, and no smoke either. I happened to be next to an Autozone, so I pulled into their parking lot, to ask for some assistance. Sure enough, when I get out of the car, it's leaking this orangey sludge. One of the assistants came out to look at the car, and told me that it was the Dexcool in the reservoir leaking out, and that it was the worst thing I could have in my car. One, because it's a Ford; two, because it's corrosive. We looked in my coolant tank, and sure enough, it was empty. I will surely see a technician about it, but I don't want to get screwed over, as we have before. My question is - is this a common problem with Dexcool? Would a coolant flush/replacement help at all?
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 AT 11:08 PM