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Old 05-22-2012, 12:49 PM
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Default Smelling anti-freeze

I can smell the maple syrup scent that comes from the anti-freeze/coolant but I can't find a leak and my temperature remains at a safe level. Anybody know what's up?
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:52 PM
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Default Re: Smelling anti-freeze

somebody poured maple syrup on your truck

you might check if your overflow res. is cracked - the lid on mine no longer seals well, and i can smell it from there
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:54 PM
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Default Re: Smelling anti-freeze

I had a small leak on the upper rad hose . tightened the hose clamp and it went away
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:18 PM
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It could be leaking from a million different places, there is no way for us to tell you where your cooling system is leaking. I suggest renting a cooling system pressure tester from autozone or any other parts store that rents tools and pressure test your system, that will help you pinpoint the leak(s)
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:55 AM
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Default Re: Smelling anti-freeze

01_ranger_4x4 is right.
When I bought my '05 Ranger back in Jan., it was leaking from several places. Thermostat housing, temperature sensors o-rings, heater valve, and the stupid line going to the pcv. After I fixed all of those, the smell of coolant lingered for about 3 weeks. Haven't smelled it since then.
Borrow the pressure test tool.
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:25 PM
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Default Re: Smelling anti-freeze

and pray its not your heater core going out
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:51 PM
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and pray its not your heater core going out


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Old 05-24-2012, 10:47 AM
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Default Re: Smelling anti-freeze

Dont laugh it got me my 01 with 120K just popped the heater core. yesterday i got juice running out of heater box drain onto exhaust shield. thought it was mix valve then rear freeze plug but no!! close look reveals 6 mos ago when i bought it they Bars leak fixed?! it. Phoenix AZ in summer-- unhook hoses from core run a elbow connector and run the a/c all summer and fix it in October.
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:13 PM
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Default Re: Smelling anti-freeze

How can I tell if it is the heater core? Somebody told that if you can smell it in the cab that is a tell tale sign of the core going bad.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:10 PM
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If it's the heater core, check the passenger side foot area by the firewall, or under the carpet there.
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:12 PM
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Ford just replaced my HVAC Heater Control Valve with less than 30,000 miles on my truck http://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/200...ter_valve.html
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:15 PM
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Default Re: Smelling anti-freeze

'02 4.0l SOHC, I had a coolant leak around 130k miles that didn't show on a pressure test. The issue was the plastic intake manifold needed to be replaced. Of course now, a metal one is available.
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:33 PM
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'02 4.0l SOHC, I had a coolant leak around 130k miles that didn't show on a pressure test. The issue was the plastic intake manifold needed to be replaced. Of course now, a metal one is available.
The SOHC 4.0 does not have coolant through the intake plenum, are you confusing the intake for something else perhaps? The thermostat housing is a trouble area, could it have been that?
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:54 PM
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Sorry I'm not sure but they replaced the plastic with metal in my intake manifold and it fixed the problem. Some of my friends had the same issues on their 4.0l mustangs. Theyre forums are a good source you.
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:57 AM
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Sorry I'm not sure but they replaced the plastic with metal in my intake manifold and it fixed the problem. Some of my friends had the same issues on their 4.0l mustangs. Theyre forums are a good source you.
Just to be clear, the SOHC doesnt have a two piece intake like most V engines, all they have is a one piece intake plenum that does not transfer coolant. There is nothing in the intake that has coolant in it.
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