Edmunds dealer partner, Bayway Leasing, is now offering transparent lease deals via these forums. Click here to see May lease deals!

What are the signs of a bad coolant tank cap in 1998 ford contour lx?

tdiatlantatdiatlanta Member Posts: 1
edited December 2016 in General
Cap seems to be dead and coolant dissapears slowly with no leaking.


  • Options
    Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    edited December 2016
    Usually there would be some staining around the cap, as it would leak out around the seal. Coolant is lost either through a visible leak or through burning in the engine. There is no other way for it to disappear.

    If you still loose coolant after replacing the coolant tank cap, then do a pressure test on the system and look for external leaks, or (worse) pull the spark plugs and look for coolant on them while the system is still under pressure.

    You can also use a simple chemical test to detect combustion gases in the coolant itself. Not all head gasket problems show water in the engine oil.
Sign In or Register to comment.