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While I was driving today my car emitted white smoke and smelt like maple syrup, I drove it to the mechanic, and all the coolant was leaked out out the tank and some rubber has melted. My question is how much could I be looking at for repair costs?
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While I was driving today my car emitted white smoke and smelt like maple syrup, I drove it to the mechanic, and all the coolant was leaked out out the tank and some rubber has melted. My question is how much could I be looking at for repair costs?
Well that's probably something you should ask the mechanic... hard for us here to pin down the issue. Generally speaking coolant parts aren't that pricey though, rubber hoses range from 20-40. But you're looking at labor and refilling coolant as well. But if it emitted white smoke, you may have blown the head gasket. In that case you probably don't want to estimate the price, it's going to be quite a bit.
Insufficient information. The question is what melted and why. Given that it sounds like it was driven while low on coolant, you might be looking at damaged engine.
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The coolant wasn't low, it was topped off last week, and all of a sudden it just emptied itself
Coolant dumping that fast is probably a torn hose... how that happened I can鈥檛 say but crazy things do happen. If you aren鈥檛 leaking from the head gasket and you didn鈥檛 overheat the engine then the cost might not be too high. Maybe $50 for a part + coolant and labor... my guess is $150-200 total if there isn鈥檛 engine damage.
What if there is engine damage? Just asking so I can prepare?
Coolant dumping that fast is probably a torn hose... how that happened I can鈥檛 say but crazy things do happen. If you aren鈥檛 leaking from the head gasket and you didn鈥檛 overheat the engine then the cost might not be too high. Maybe $50 for a part + coolant and labor... my guess is $150-200 total if there isn鈥檛 engine damage.
The guy said the hoses.melted and that the ect was pushed out, I just don't get how it happened out of nowhere, I did have to keep retopping my coolant though, and I know coolant leaking is a problem for these cars
ECT pushed out? Was there any work done recently to the car. Maybe the retaining clip somehow got unsecured and then blew off?

Coolant leaks are definitely an issue with these engines but I haven鈥檛 heard of ECT blowing off yet ?
Well what's the cost of damaged engine?
The guy said the hoses.melted and that the ect was pushed out,
The coolant outlet fracturing, I can believe. But parts melting? I don't have a good feeling about this.


Well what's the cost of damaged engine?
Depending on the year, mileage and options, possibly more then the car is worth.
The coolant outlet fracturing, I can believe. But parts melting? I don't have a good feeling about this.



Depending on the year, mileage and options, possibly more then the car is worth.
The hoses were the parts that melted
I've never seen hoses melt They break, fracture or split. If they melt, something got way hotter than normal. Either that or some kind of chemical got splashed on them.
Do you have any pics of the damage... purely out of curiosity.
I've never seen hoses melt They break, fracture or split. If they melt, something got way hotter than normal. Either that or some kind of chemical got splashed on them.
It turns out they didn't melt, a coolant pipe just bursted I guess and the thermostat popped out, it was kind of scary but they repaired it under warranty but I still think there is a coolant leak somewhere
I've never seen hoses melt They break, fracture or split. If they melt, something got way hotter than normal. Either that or some kind of chemical got splashed on them.
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While I was driving today my car emitted white smoke and smelt like maple syrup, I drove it to the mechanic, and all the coolant was leaked out out the tank and some rubber has melted. My question is how much could I be looking at for repair costs?
What car are we talking about?:cry:
Top of the water outlet broke off, the hose that attaches there goes to the coolant tank. Unfortunately, that's a weak point in the system and often where it starts leaking. The OEM piece is mostly plastic and prone to breaking there, but there's a third-party one that's made of aluminum (available on Amazon) that should keep it from happening again.
Lots a problems with the coolant on these cars always keeping track of your coolant has saved myself mutliple times
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Lots a problems with the coolant on these cars always keeping track of your coolant has saved myself mutliple times
I favor being warned by a SS level switch put inside the coolant tank.
It needs to be NC(losed) and piggy-backed on the brake fluid level switch!
Works like a charm! has saved me 3 head gaskets so far..
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