1998 Ford Taurus RATTLING, WHITE SMOKE

Tiny
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  • 1998 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
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  • 162,000 MILES
Okay, I have a 98 ford taurus 3.0L DOH, Engine makes a rattling noise after driving for about 5 miles. When I come to a stop, the RPMS go below the 1, and the car turns off. Wont start back up for about an hour. Also, my coolant leaks. Took out the resevoir tank and noticed it was cracked on the bottom. Replaced that, and right after I started the car, and white smoke came out the exhaust and shut off my car. Wont even turn on at all now. Can u please help!
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Friday, July 11th, 2008 AT 12:44 AM

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Tiny
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IS the engine turning over and not starting or is it not cranking at all (turn the key nothing happens.)?
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Friday, July 11th, 2008 AT 4:57 AM
Tiny
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It trys to start. Won't turn over. But I did get it to start once. Rode around the block. Drives EXTREMELY ROUGH. Lots of whte smoke coming from exhaust. No sign of water in oil
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Friday, July 11th, 2008 AT 5:46 AM
Tiny
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White smoke is a sign of headgasket failure
it must ve been overheating on you
have the headgasket checked
good luck
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Friday, July 11th, 2008 AT 6:06 AM
Tiny
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Now it won't start at all. Jus tries. Is the headgasket the only thing it could be?
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Friday, July 11th, 2008 AT 6:18 AM
Tiny
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White smoke, no start.
I would say headgasket failure
reason for no start low or no compression
due to headgasket failure
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Friday, July 11th, 2008 AT 6:24 AM
Tiny
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So what would make the car start only sometimes. Like say I drive for a while. Turn car off, have to wait an hour then it will start again. Why does it do that? And thanks for ur help! I really appreciate it!
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Friday, July 11th, 2008 AT 6:33 AM
Tiny
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Don't discount the possiblility of multiple problems. The engine may be so hot it is causing a failure of the ignition module as an example that needs to cool off before it restarts or that steam is shorting a components(s).
Coolant may have contaminated the front o2 sensor or converter, that may be causing a no start from a rich condition or the cat plugging.

You don't want to keep driving like this or it can seriously escalate the cost from more damage.

BTW. Very. Nice pic !
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Friday, July 11th, 2008 AT 9:52 AM
Tiny
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Your pic looks like my grandfathers austin. He drag races
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Friday, July 11th, 2008 AT 3:24 PM
Tiny
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I wish I could take credit for that pic. Actually found on a google seach for something else and it caught my eye. Really like it. Getting close to change it, been a few years.

I'm not real familiar with the Austins.

I was thinking it was more of a plymouth.
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Friday, July 11th, 2008 AT 3:37 PM
Tiny
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Well u can search for him. Gary reinero. Or reineros racing. In merced, ca
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Friday, July 11th, 2008 AT 5:26 PM
Tiny
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Ok weird! Just started the car and no more white smoke? What the hell? My car is weird! Why all of a sudden no more smoke?
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Saturday, July 12th, 2008 AT 12:12 AM
Tiny
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IS it still runing rough?

Coolant level down?

Might want to pull the plugs and pressure test the cooling system to see if it is leaking into the cylinders.

There is dye available also that can be added to the cooling system that can expose Head problems that will activate when exhaust gases are presence.

Cool story and car on you Granfather's site.
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Saturday, July 12th, 2008 AT 6:11 AM
Tiny
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Runs a little bit rough still. Not so much. Did pressure check. Nothing present
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Saturday, July 12th, 2008 AT 11:31 PM
Tiny
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Since it is obd II, might want to see what codes are present to save a little time.
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Sunday, July 13th, 2008 AT 7:52 AM

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