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Old 04-13-2010, 11:24 AM
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Steaming(smoke?) loss of fluid, but NOT overheating :S

Alright so I have a 1993 SR with 189,xxx km
This started yesterday when I was sitting in some rush hour traffic, I notice smoke white smoke/steam coming out of my car, I right away pull over but notice my car isnt overheating, I check all my fluids everything is full, I check the ground and there is some fluid on the ground, smelt like coolant, but I wasnt 100% sure if it was mine.

Then today when I got to school, I turn the car, and get out, and there is a lot of steam/smoke coming out, I check to see if anything is dripping, and it is coming from the back of the engine, the steam is also coming from the back of the engine bay, but still my car never overheated, never went pass the 2nd bar, and I know the gauge is working as it came up to the third bar a couple of weeks ago, but not since. Anyways, what could this be? Im pretty sure I have an exhaust leak(was going to get that fixed today) so could it be a cooling hose? maybe a gasket?
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Alright so I have a 1993 SR with 189,xxx km
This started yesterday when I was sitting in some rush hour traffic, I notice smoke white smoke/steam coming out of my car, I right away pull over but notice my car isnt overheating, I check all my fluids everything is full, I check the ground and there is some fluid on the ground, smelt like coolant, but I wasnt 100% sure if it was mine.

Then today when I got to school, I turn the car, and get out, and there is a lot of steam/smoke coming out, I check to see if anything is dripping, and it is coming from the back of the engine, the steam is also coming from the back of the engine bay, but still my car never overheated, never went pass the 2nd bar, and I know the gauge is working as it came up to the third bar a couple of weeks ago, but not since. Anyways, what could this be? Im pretty sure I have an exhaust leak(was going to get that fixed today) so could it be a cooling hose? maybe a gasket?
Sounds like your oil cooler seal just went. The seal is easy to replace and sits behind the oil filter (just unbolt the bolt that the oil filter screws into, remove the connection and behind it you will see the seal). You can double check this by simple looking underneath your oil filter. There will be signs of oil and your oil pressure sensor will be covered in oil. When that seal goes the oil leaks out and falls onto the exaust manifold, which creates white steam/smoke that comes out around the intake manifold. Looks horrible and you get the impression you blew a hole in the engine or something but no its just oil leaking onto the exhaust. It happens around the 200k km mark, so yours was a little early.lol
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Sounds like your oil cooler seal just went. The seal is easy to replace and sits behind the oil filter (just unbolt the bolt that the oil filter screws into, remove the connection and behind it you will see the seal). You can double check this by simple looking underneath your oil filter. There will be signs of oil and your oil pressure sensor will be covered in oil. When that seal goes the oil leaks out and falls onto the exaust manifold, which creates white steam/smoke that comes out around the intake manifold. Looks horrible and you get the impression you blew a hole in the engine or something but no its just oil leaking onto the exhaust. It happens around the 200k km mark, so yours was a little early.lol
Alright cool thanks, ill look into it

I looked at my car more closely when I got home, its def dripping coolant haha, its actually more towards the front of the engine, right under the block, I didnt have time to jack it up and see where its directly coming from, and I think the steam was from the coolant dripping onto the wet ground(it only steamed up when I was sitting for more then a few min), my dad thinks it could possibly be a frost plug, either way, Im taking the bus untill I can get some time to work on it, dont wanna risk anything haha
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Re: Steaming(smoke?) loss of fluid, but NOT overheating :S

Well if its from the front and coolant like then check out the radiator, especially the lower hose and the drain plug. Let us know what it was when you find it!
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Re: Steaming(smoke?) loss of fluid, but NOT overheating :S

GREAT! so the main bolt when you put it back on, does that require a torque wrench or just hand tightening?
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Alright cool thanks, ill look into it

I looked at my car more closely when I got home, its def dripping coolant haha, its actually more towards the front of the engine, right under the block
Cooling systems are fairly simple.

Thermostat

Upper/lower radiator hoses

water pump

Heater core

and all the connections in between.

If it's coming from close to the block (perhaps the timing belt cover/block area), it's probably your water pump. Water pumps and timing belts are notorious around 100k / 120k miles.
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Re: Steaming(smoke?) loss of fluid, but NOT overheating :S

I was thinking the water pump, usually if its oil it'll have a blue-ish tint to it, if its white its water like steam
feel free to correct me if im wrong,
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Re: Steaming(smoke?) loss of fluid, but NOT overheating :S

Yeah I had my water pump go on my old CRX, this was def not the same haha

It ended up being a super small hose, Im thinking for the heater core... when I took my car in to get my gaskets fixed, the guy attempted to show me, but it was such a small hose and was in a cluster of about 5 hoses, the only way he really found it was by feeling for the soft hose
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Re: Steaming(smoke?) loss of fluid, but NOT overheating :S

lol feeling for the soft hose. ;D
atleast you got it fixed. thats a win.
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