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Do I have a Problem

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tjgraner09, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. Jan 24, 2009 at 9:02 PM
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    tjgraner09

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    well guys just popped the hood today and this is what i saw... it was right when i got to my house after driving for about 30 mins.
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    thats not mud... its like pink shit idk what it is and like there is wet marks around from something exploding or something there all over.. the liquid doesnt have any smell to it so idk what it is
     
  2. Jan 24, 2009 at 9:09 PM
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    Toy4Life

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    Are any of your fluids low? CEL? Engine running OK?
     
  3. Jan 24, 2009 at 9:15 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    you sure its not the toyota red coolant? Check your radiator and make sure its not leaking, along with the hoses and water pump.
     
  4. Jan 24, 2009 at 9:31 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    as far as i know, my bottom hose is original. No leaks. The top one started to leak last summer,so replaced it, but i reused the oem clamps. No leaks.
     
  5. Jan 24, 2009 at 9:54 PM
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    Dustin03

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    I would say that you may have a problem with the OEM clamps getting weak with age.

    Clean everything off as thoroughly as you can, and replace the clamps that you reused with some brand-new units. Just keep an eye on everything over the next couple of days (ESPECIALLY the engine temperature gauge on the dash). With these things, the best way to fix it is the process of elimination.

    P.S. You could try just cleaning everything first and driving around a bit before you buy the new hose clamps. Maybe you picked up something on the road afterall.
     
  6. Jan 24, 2009 at 9:57 PM
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    Sorry about being so wordy, but there's a lot of stuff going through my head right now. Power steering fluid is red, and it looks like your pump is pretty dirty. Make sure you clean it really well and watch it for leaks too.
     
  7. Jan 24, 2009 at 10:05 PM
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    SC4333

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    Give it a little taste. Just don't enjoy that sweet taste too much, its isn't exactly good for your liver.

    But really, if its pink you probably have a coolant leak. Either throw a pressure tester on the radiator and run a leak test, or you could purchase some dye and find it with a UV light (that is if it fails the leak test and you still cannot find the leak).
     
  8. Jan 25, 2009 at 6:42 AM
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    well i just had it worked on at the toyota dealership. I had anti freeze leaking but they did like 600 dollars worth of work replaced all the hoses and the radiator.
     
  9. Jan 25, 2009 at 6:48 AM
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    Looks to me like you have a leak at the clamp..
     
  10. Jan 25, 2009 at 11:26 AM
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    from what i see it looks like salt from roads my truck gets covered in it here. but since you live in sc probably not. id say its coolant from around the hose clamps for the upper radiator hose.
     
  11. Jan 25, 2009 at 1:34 PM
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    well actually we just got snow down here and they salted the shit out of the roads like last weekend...
     
  12. Jan 25, 2009 at 1:38 PM
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    you said that shit right...................my truck was completely white rom salt/slag that they layed on 77 and 485................tha bastards!!!:D
     
  13. Jan 26, 2009 at 11:50 AM
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    You have a hair line crack right there at the neck, mine did the same thing. Antifreeze would leak out and get up under the fan shroud and blow the antifreeze around. It's probably not leaking as bad with the engine running, it's when you turn the engine off, all that pressure causing it to leak. Easy fix though, I replaced mine myself, about $200 for new radiator and $20 for antifreeze, make sure you get the "red anitifreeze" from Toyota, it's the only kind you can put in there for the particular model years, has to do with conditioning the seals and stuff.
     
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