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anti freeze smell

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by anthonygrelli, May 31, 2000.

  1. anthonygrelli

    anthonygrelli Guest
    Messages: 0

    smell anti freeze when truck is warm. it a 250 96 power stroke 56000 mil. <br>dealer can not find nothing wrong.<br>any help. thanks anthony

    MATTHEW Member
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 47

    Unless you spilled some in the front seat-something IS wrong.
    Did they perssure test it? Or did they just visually look for leaks?
    How about the heater core? You may actually have a little bit in the front seat afterall. Another place to go to check out odd problems is the CARTALK section at CARS.COM

    JD PLOWER PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 751


    from NJ
    Messages: 196

    Is the smell inside or outside the truck, inside may be the heater core ... Outside, then it maybe the seals on the tanks of the radiator, I had this happen to mine ,, when the truck changed temps it would leak a little, very slightly and would smell up front.. The radiators are three piece on the fords, the tanks are plastic and the core is aluminum with a rubber gasket between them, sometimes this gasket and the expansion and contraction of the three materials causes some leakage... cant' always detect this with a pressure testor,
  5. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    definetely sounds like a heater core.Dont forget the PSD has cavitation problems if the cooling system isnt maintained.,and if the additive wasnt added ,this could become a problem in the future,if it is cavitation now,their would be water in your oil.
  6. General Grounds

    General Grounds Member
    Messages: 66

    dont forget to ad that coolant conditioner.
  7. DaveK

    DaveK Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    The only way to get water in the oil is if there is a cracked head or block, or bad head gasket.

    Cavitaion is simply having a cavity of air (air pocket), thus not pumping water.
  8. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    Cavitation in the case of INTL diesels is a case of corrosion eating a hole between the water jacket and the cylinder bore in around the #8 cylinder. INTL sells a conditioner that needs to be added to the coolant to keep this from happening. Everyone that owned INTL's knew about this, but FORD forgot to mention that little fact when printing the owners manual.