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#879 of 3742 white smoke from the hood
Apr 19, 2002 (6:53 pm)
I have a mazda protege 1994,72K miles, runs great but today after running for around 5 minutes white fumes started coming from under the hood. I drove it for some 10 more minutes like that,but the engine temperature didn't go up. On stopping I also saw some colorless odorless liquid dripping from the center of the car,probably from the radiator. I guess I have a radiator leak. On examination I found a few wet fins. Should I try any of the radiator leak plugging solutions ? The leak seems to be a fast one as I have lost a lot of coolant. Should I show it to a dealer or directly take it to one of those radiator repair shop ? Thanks in advance for your help.
#880 of 3742 Chikoo - Lubeguard helped a lot
Apr 19, 2002 (11:21 pm)
I poured some 6 oz (was limited by higher mark on oil dipstick) of Lubeguard to the transm. box. It is been really, really better. (Knocking on the wood).
I am thinking now to add the Lubeguard medicine for engine too. Just in case...
Thank you, folks.
#881 of 3742 Dinabor....
Apr 20, 2002 (6:08 am)
Glad to know that this forum(and me) has proven useful to you....
Apr 21, 2002 (9:39 pm)
did you change the fluid, or just add the lubegaurd down the dipstick pipe?
#883 of 3742 Radiator leak?
Apr 22, 2002 (7:06 am)
I'd try to find the area of the leak first. A fluorescent light works well at making the dye in most engine coolants glow. You may need to wash off the outside of your radiator with some distilled water first.
Keep plenty of distilled water/coolant on hand. For ease of use, you might want to pre-mix it and keep it in your trunk.
If it's a big leak, then those quick-fix solutions won't be much help. They're primarily for small pin-hole type leaks. They gunk up your radiator anyway, so they're a temporary solution at best.
Since it's a '94, you can probably go after-market. Mazda may no longer make the stock unit, but feel free to check. All it takes is a phone call. Just make sure that you can get stop-cocks (the drain plug) for it easily. These seem to be made from plastic and they break easily.
Apr 25, 2002 (2:26 pm)
I took my car to the dealer today and had them run a diagnostic on the coolant system. They found the leak in between the upper tank(plastic) and the middle tank(fins).If they are quoting 512 bucks for a new radiator installed.Does it really cost so much? The few websites I checked had the radiator price at around 110 dollars.
I am inclined towards giving the radiator quick fix solutions a shot.
Apr 25, 2002 (4:57 pm)
Usually a "radiator repair only" shop can fix a problem such as yours for the least cost. You might want to get their estimate.
#886 of 3742 $500 is about right.
Apr 26, 2002 (3:24 am)
That's what it cost to replace the one in my '89 323 with an aftermarket (non-Mazda) radiator. The parts and fluids themselves cost about $130. The remainder was labor. This was about 3-4 years ago.
#887 of 3742 But shop around.
Apr 26, 2002 (3:25 am)
You may not need a new radiator. Mine was leaking in the cooling (finned) section, so wasn't easily fixed. If the leak's in an accessible line, you might be able to weld it shut.
#888 of 3742 You hit the nail on the head...
Apr 26, 2002 (12:47 pm)
Go to the radiator speacialists--the dealers tend to go for the eazy fix instead of the practical and money saving way. Good luck.