96 Ford mustang 6cyl. Approx 149,000 miles----
i have had problems in past year with the radiator hoses "clamping down" when on throttle. I have put in a "performance" thermostat ( the old one I found out was stuck open), replaced the heater hoses on the firewall, and replaced upper and lower radiator hoses. She also has new tensioner pulley, power steering pump, and belt. She has recently started running "warm" but no chuggin, or stuttering or any other signs of problems. It never went to red, just hung at high part of gauge. Today I saw either white smoke or steam pouring o;ut in my rearview mirror. It lasted maybe a minute at most then was fine. Then on the next highway I saw the same but realized it was coming from under the hood. I pulled over at my exit hoping I could make it to autozone to put in coolant etc. She died and right before there was a sound like a mix between a slipping belt, and lifter ticking. Sounds weird I know. She sat for approx 30 min while I was trying to fig out a ride. Then she started and made it down street to gas station. I put in two gallons of premixed 50/50 coolant. Because she was very low. Then she ran like a champ and didnt get hot as I went home. Then left about 10 min later and as I was entering the highway smoke again. I stopped and let her cool for about 20 minutes or more. Then tried again and it made it 2 miles. Shes sitting at a gas station there now. There was a lil bit of spray on my cold air intake as well as some coolant on the "panel" below it. Nothing apparently wrong when looking at the engine itself. I have in november ran a bottle of bars leaks through it to make sure there were no cracks in radiator. Could another blown thermostat cause this or is it more likely my water pump. I have resided in fact that if it is a cracked head or anything more expensive I am going to find a way to dump it. But then would be stuck without car. Any ideas or advice?
have the same problem?
Wednesday, January 17th, 2007 AT 1:01 AM