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This is a discussion on engine coolant within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I just got my rear main seal replaced and also the top main hose for the radiator about a week ...

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    Question engine coolant

    I just got my rear main seal replaced and also the top main hose for the radiator about a week ago. Now my car smells like coolant but it is not burning anywhere or also dripping anywhere either. What could this smell be from?
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    Well I doubt it has anything to do with the rear main... But since you did replace the radiator hose; it could just be residual coolant left over from the repair, and being burned off. It should burn off... That is if there are no leaks or holes anywhere...

    If you wanna double check look at your reservoir container make sure its sealing nicely... Also possibly check your heater core? when that hose got replaced things probably got a little messy with draining the coolant and what not....

    Its always a good idea to keep an eye out for leaks and things after doing any repair with your coolant system... Or any system involving fluid for that matter.
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    Agreed, it should be residual coolant burning off. A little goes a long way as far as smell. Keep checking for juice and keep topping up if needed as the system equilibrates.
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    Did you burp the system correctly ?
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    there are no leaks and i do keep checking my overflow and it is still full. The engine runs at its notmal temperature. Im sure the system was burped because i paid super rupair to do it. Also if it was burning off wouldnt there be white smoke?
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    You miss understood... When i said check your reservoir I meant check the cap... You can still have a leak and the reservoir remain the same level... What I meant was check the cap. As it gets warm vapors will burn off and cause the smell... But most likely, as I said before its just residual coolant... Coolant can be potent especially after it dries. It wont burn off anywhere near as fast as say some spilled oil...

    White smoke isn't necessarily smoke, its water vapor, especially when in your exhaust... You dont have water vapor any more.. JUST RESIDUAL COOLANT, the additive thats added to your water to keep both boiling points up and freezing down
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    I checked all the caps for the coolant and none of them had leaks, nor can i still find leaks anywhere else. I will wash my engine out when it warms up here in Colorado and they reply again.
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    Hi, Gary from Super Rupair here. Just saw the post, if you can still smell anything bring it in anytime and we will pressureize the coolant system and find where the leak is. It should have quit smelling by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary chambers View Post
    Hi, Gary from Super Rupair here. Just saw the post, if you can still smell anything bring it in anytime and we will pressureize the coolant system and find where the leak is. It should have quit smelling by now.

    Talk with TK at 303-442-6508
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