1999 Mercury Sable Gunk in Coolant

Tiny
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  • 1999 MERCURY SABLE
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 68,000 MILES
Have been having problems with heat. Mechanic checked coolant, found "gunk" in it. Flushed system, new coolant. Heat was better for a few weeks. Then same "gunk". Flushed system, directly cleaned heater core connections, etc, new coolant. Worked for 5-6 weeks. Now gunk in it again.

I found out it could be tranny fluid leaking from in radiator cooler, but was also told it could be heater core.

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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 AT 12:38 PM

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Tiny
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I think if you check the tranny lines, they do not go into the radiator, cooler is in front of your radiator. Think heater core.I used a pair of hose clamps, clamped the long hose in back of the engine, and this brings your heat back. The hose you will clamp tees off the water pump one end goes to heater core, the other runs all the way around the back of your engine, that's the clamper.I know this is unconventional, but mine has been like this for more than a year. No problems.
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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 AT 12:56 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the quick reply but it sounds a little too uncoventional for me. Also, how do you explain the frothy gunk that keeps returning to the coolant?
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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 AT 1:25 PM
Tiny
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If you have a different engine it could be radiator cooled, you need to look at the rad...anty lines screwed into it? Mine looked like coffee grounds when I got the car, hadnt been flushed in five years. if you look low inside the bottom of the grille, you can see the tranny cooler, that is if it's a V6 SOHC.
In fact there are two rubber hoses used for tranny flushing inside the left lower nose piece. If you have foamy stuff, but not oil, check for a head gasket problem...a block test will detect hydo carbons in the coolant if this is the case. If yours looks like this, and the foam is pinkish, you need a new radiator, or side tank.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/62217_Cooler_line_1.jpg


You should also check the tranny fluid, if coolant is getting into it, the trannys friction plates will be ruined. Then another flush is in order...You can also remove the lines, use a pressure tester, if the tank is cracked antifreeze will come out of those holes!
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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 AT 3:48 PM
Tiny
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Well, it was 8 degrees here today and with no heat I decided to bring it to a dealer. The service manager said he thought it was the heater core upon my explanation but when I asked him about the frothy gunk in the coolant resevoir he said that he had been working on Ford products for 20 years and had never seen that.
I am waiting for the call to tell me it will be either $900 radiator replace and tranny fluid change or an even larger bill for heater core replace. If it is the head gasket (I checked the oil and it looks OK to me) then screw it, time for a new car. THanks again
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Friday, February 29th, 2008 AT 8:57 AM

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