What does coolant smell like?
Coolant has a smell that is very difficult to describe; it smells sweet, yet a little like rubber; It has a green color almost like Gatorade. Old coolant can be brown and smell quite rancid.
The head gasket sits between the head and the engine block if it is leaking out where you can see the coolant, yes you can smell the coolant if it is leaking into the engine no you cannot smell the coolant. You can check the oil to see if it has coolant in the oil if it does then the head gasket might be blown.
What is wrong if your 1990 Nissan Maxima smokes only after reaching operating temp does not smell like oil smoke runs fine?
If your car is using oil as in you have to keep topping it up it is probably oil getting past the rings after car heats and expands. If your car is using coolant, then you may have a small coolant leak at the head gasket, allowing coolant to enter the cylinder and be burned with the gas , resulting in what looks like smoke but does not smell like oil.
How do you know if a diesel engine is burning oil it has been smoking since I had the oil changed the smoke is white but smells like burnt fuel?
The main part of diesel fuel is kerosene, which produces thick black smoke, and gives that smell that is commonly associated with diesel. most likely if it is white smoke, it is antifreeze, if it has a blue tint to it, it is oil. the smell of burnt diesel is rather strong so it could cancel the burnt oil smell, or on the other hand it could be coolant, because burned coolant doesn't have a…
if you can smell antifreeze, you have an antifreeze leak somewhere. you need to clean engine then look for coolant . it will generally pool on ground under vehicle unless it is leaking onto engine and burning off. note that the coolant will run so you may have to trace back to the actual leak. check all coolant fittings, such as hoses and check area round water pump.
What causes a diesel engine to loose water in radiator smells like antifreeze but couldn't find a leak?
A sweet smell is usually coolant being burned, check your coolant level and oil ( look for milky appearance ) as it may be a head gasket leak. A coolant leak on the outside of the motor may indicate a leak somewhere in the radiator or one of the hoses. When an AC line is leaking I have heard some people describe the smell as sweet.
its coolant could be a head gasket or the coolant can actually rust trew the block or the head check the dip stick if its a creamy and it smells nasty or check you colant if it smell like cofe then you know coolant is getting in were its not supose to. white is coolant blue is oil and black is fuel hop that can help you
Most likely wore piston rings or valve seals. Answer 2: It's really common it's a leaking/cracked head gasket. White smoke is often caused by coolant entering the combustion chamber. So check ur coolant levels and even smell the smoke to see if it smells like evapourated coolant (a dirty water sort of smell).
I have never smelled coolant that smelled like fish. It usually smells sweet. I suggest you do a complete coolant system service. Drain, flush, replace thermostat, install a 50/50 mix of proper coolant and distilled water, bleed air from system. Answer It has gone bad and needs flushed and replaced! Hopefully that's all that wrong with it Answer It's good to flush the system, but the anti freeze is within the engine and internal heating…
by "burning coolant" do you mean that there is the smell of burning coolant? or do you mean that your coolant level is constantly needing to be topped off and you don't know where it is going? if you smell burning coolant you have a leak somewhere and its probably dripping onto the exhaust. you need to find the leak. if you are constantly leveling off and there is no coolant leaking under the vehicle…
If coolant leaks onto an engine it will cause no damage unless it leaks onto the alternator or into a wire harness connector of some sort. It is best to clean up leaked coolant as much as possible. It will smell a little when the motor is started. Leaked coolant on the ground is a danger to animals and children as it has a sweet smell but is very toxic.
I'm not a mechanic / technician but if white smoke is coming out of your tailpipe with the engine warmed up it sounds like you are getting engine coolant into one or more of your engine cylinders . ( bad head gasket / warped cylinder head ) Is the coolant / antifreeze mix also going into your engine oil )