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seems like every other time i take the car out i smell coolent i did get it changed out about 2 months ago...i see no white smoke now.. i did when the shop changed it out and i drove home but not anymore just the smell.. i did see today that the cap was not tighed 100 percent i was able to turn it a little more and now its 100 percent tight.. could this cause the issue and why its only sometimei smell coolent sometimes
 

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If whoever did the change is like me he would have overfilled it a bit. I think it's better to let it piss a little out to reach max just in case there is an air bubble or two that burp and leaves it low.

Unless you see a puddle under the car, or it continues for more than a week or two, I wouldn't worry.

Which cap could you find to tighten?
 

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talking about the radiator cap i was able to turn it a little bit more.. i did change out the coolent more then a month ago but only drive the car 2 times.. i am thinking also it could be that the spilled and its not all dryed up yet..again i see no white smoke anymore i did when i left the shop after the coolent change.. i think i am going to let it run with the heat on for 20 minuts i would have to think if i see or dont smell anything i should be fine
 

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well today i let the car run in storge for 25 minutes with the heat on full blast.. seen no smoke did not smell anything. check the exhaust and seen normal condescension it did not smell like coolent. 4 pack gauges all looked normal.the car temp was reading 186 and i heard the fans kicking in and out.. all the carpet was dry.. i would have to think if there was a issues i would have seen something.....
 

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Oh good! It could have been just some spillage eventually burned off.

Have you checked the dipstick again?
i check the overflow dip stick the coolent was on the first notch on the bottom. and the coolent in the radiator was sitting right below the
circle in the radiator but this is the car sitting for almost 24 hours.. i think everything will just settles when you let the car sit.. i did not check the oil.. i was just so happy that i did not smell anything coming out of the exhaust.. that would have been a big big issue
 

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Try this. Jack up the front end of your car top it off with fluid turn on your heat and let it run with the cars front end up high. Start this when the car is cold so you can remove your cap and top it off as it warms up.

What concerns me is the white smoke you keep talking about. My mind tells me the shop got an air pocket in the system and overheated your car blowing a head gasket.

But I always think the worst things... Check your engine oil to see what color it is though.


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have not seen white smoke anymore. it was that one time after i changed out the coolent... i also put a piece of cardboard under the car and have not seen any leaks at all... also driver side rug feels dry.. i am stared to think the coolent will smell untill its 100 percent burns off... seems like now it will smell only on the driver side now a little. i know a long time ago i sprayed degreaser under the hood and it smoked after the car got hot and it smelled thought the vents and under the hood and each time i drive the car it got less and less untill it was 100 percent gone...again no leaks on the cardboard rug is dry no smell coming out the exguest.. and dont smell anything inside the car... one last thing if i smell the radtior cap after i shut the car down i can smell coolent but no leaks at all by the cap... thanks for your help
 

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People often confuse steam and smoke. Steam will evaporate, smoke will dissipate but won't evaporate. Coolant will steam, oil will smoke.

Please don't use any of those harsh degreasers. They will eat the paint off your engine and damage plastic parts. Use something like this engine cleaner. Washes off with water.
 

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I hear what your saying and believe you. Have you checked your oil?


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Sorry, I couldn't get the pictures to load on my phone. That oil in the catch can looks like there is water in it. Check the dipstick, if it looks the same, then you have water in your oil.
 

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What you see is a mixture of what is evacuated form your crankcase (another reason to NEVER defeat or delete the functions of your PCV system or this remains for the most part in your crankcase contaminating your engine oil, NEVER vent /defeat/delete these critical functions like some systems do) of oil, water, un-burnt fuel, and abrasive soot/carbon/ash particles.


When the outside air temps are below the 70's you will see more of the water and fuel, and below 45*F it will increase dramatically (as long as you have an effective catchcan, most ineffective ones only trap some oil mainly). seems normal from what i have read today
 

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That's why I asked you what's your dipstick look like. What's the dipstick look like?


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oil looks fine....i drove the car today.. temp was going from 190 to 194 up and down.. i let it run and idol for a minute and it was at 204.. then the fans kicked in and dropped to 200... seems the overflow tank was low filled it up.. open the raditor cap it was to the top.. after 5 minutes it dropped some after the car was cooling down.. smelled the exguest that was good... did not see any leaks... but if i stick my nose up to the hose in the front of the car by the CAI. its like i can smell the coolent this **** is strong. did not see any leaks on the cardboard under the car... maybe i am fine..............
 
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