Engine Cooling problem
2000 Ford Explorer 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 68000 miles
All vitals appear good at start-up but engine is
1) slow to warm up (shows TOTALLY cold for 2-3 miles and then starts to rise)
2) no heat from heater when indicators shows engine to be warm
3)shortly after that valves start to ping when accelerating (sounds like a diesel)
Stop engine, open hood and
1)smell antifreeze but no leaks, no steam and resevoir is full,
2)smell hot oil - fresh, not combusted (like spilling on hot manifold) and see faint whiff of white smoke rising from side of block (oil level fine, oil is new)
Engine does not " feel" overheated and dash indicator shows normal.
All of this happens after about 5 miles or 10 minutes of city driving.
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 AT 8:52 AM