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2001 Ford Taurus Fluid leaking onto exhaust

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Oct 28, 2012, 1:51 PM

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I have a 2001 Ford Taurus with 160,000 miles. Recently I have been noticing a burning type of smell while driving. When I look under the car I can see some fluid has been leaking onto the exhaust pipe. I think it is either oil or coolant that is leaking, but I cannot tell for sure which one it is. I don't want to spend a bunch of money to get something like this fixed on such a high mileage car so I have a few questions.

1. Is there any danger in not fixing it? (toxic fumes, fire, etc.)
2. Is there any kind of cheap fix? (maybe some kind of insulation to stop the fluid from getting to the exhaust pipe?)

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Oct 28, 2012, 2:01 PM

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It's not the fluid hitting your exhaust that's the problem. The problem is you have a fluid leak. If it's coolant eventually your engine is going to overheat. Once an engine overheats your car won't be going anywhere. If you're a ways away from home you're not only looking at a repair but also paying a tow truck. If you keep driving it while it's overheating you're looking at a cracked head. Well over a grand worth of work.

If it's an oil leak, and you don't check your oil level, you'll be looking at a new engine which is even more expensive.

If you want to save money the best thing you can do is get it fixed now. It will be much cheaper than the alternative.

(This post was edited by MarineGrunt on Oct 28, 2012, 2:05 PM)

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Oct 28, 2012, 2:16 PM

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1st thing you need to do is figure out what you're leaking....

If it's a big leak then something is low, so check ALL your fluids.....

You really want to fix it the right way......Trying to go the cheap route can wind up being more expensive in the long run......

Find out whats leaking & where its coming from & we can go from there.........Get your work clothes on & grab a flash light, start at the top & work your way down....

Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 29, 2012, 9:08 AM

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About the only fluid leak I can think of that won't cost you a fortune for delaying a fix is windshield washer fluid - all others matter big time,


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