1996 Toyota Camry Coolant leaking

Tiny
ZRYANSMITH
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  • 1996 TOYOTA CAMRY
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1996 Toyota Camry 4 cyl Automatic 184000 miles

The plastic coolant reservoir under my hood is cracked at the corners. Ever since ive had the car when I drive it its made a funny smell, kind of like something was burning, at first I attributed it to the oil change I had just gotten burning off the excess oil but the smell continued. It only happened occasionally at first and didnt seem to affect performance or cause any problems and until recently I had no clue what was causing it, recently I noticed the crack and that there was liquid on the metal under the reservior for coolant. While driving I noticed a whistling noise almost like a tea kettle boiling and saw smoke from under my hood, the smoke was coming from the coolant reservoir. The temperature guage on my car is broken and goes from about halfway all the way up to the top so I dunno if my car is actually running hot, as of now it doesnt seem to be affecting performance but it is smoking a lot and I cant afford to ruin my vehicle. The coolant reservoir is about half full right now.
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Sunday, March 15th, 2009 AT 11:03 AM

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Tiny
DAVE H
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Hello .. thanks for the donation ..much appreciated

First thing you need to do is replace the coolant tank ..I suspect also the actual gauge is at fault not the temp sender unit ..do these test's and let us know !!

TEMPERATURE GAUGE & SENDER TESTS
Wiring Harness Operational Test
Unplug connector at coolant temperature sender. Turn ignition on. Temperature gauge should indicate COOL. Turn ignition off. Connect a 12-volt, 3.4-watt test light between coolant temperature sender harness connector terminal and ground.
Turn ignition on. Test light should glow and temperature gauge should slowly move to HOT. If gauge functions as described, replace sending unit. If gauge does not function as described, perform TEMPERATURE GAUGE RESISTANCE TEST below.
Temperature Gauge Resistance Test
Remove instrument cluster. Using ohmmeter, check gauge resistance across appropriate terminals. See Fig. 2 . Ensure ignition is off and harness connector is unplugged from instrument cluster. See TEMPERATURE GAUGE RESISTANCE SPECIFICATIONS table. Replace gauge if not within specification. If gauge is within specification, repair open or short circuit in wiring harness.
TEMPERATURE GAUGE RESISTANCE SPECIFICATIONS
Application.......................Ohms
Terminals..... "A" & "B"........54
Terminals ....."A" & "C"......176
Terminals..... "B" & "C"......230


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