1999 Ford ExAntifreeze reservoir never fills temp gauge s...

Q: 1999 Ford ExAntifreeze reservoir never fills temp gauge stopped working heat stopped working engine runs strong smoke under car

asked by on January 26, 2018

At first I was hearing this loud type vacuum type noise coming from the front driver side tire I was at a stoplight a day later and the truck just wouldn't move going to put the car in park there was this loud grinding noise and then I push the brake went to reverse the car didn't move off I went to drive still wouldn't then again I went to park and then there was a grinding noise after hitting the gas a couple of times I put the car in 4 by 4 and went to drive and hit the gas and then it took off like a big jump and then it drove but then there was a lot of white smoke coming from the underneath of the car by the passenger rear door right in front of the rear tire I got a block down pull to the side and the car just stopped moving again call the tow truck my house was literally 3 blocks down the road a he drop the car off I start the car and it worked like nothing had ever happened parked it in the garage I noticed no antifreeze, temperature hand not working, heat not working an smoke

My car has 132000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

No antifreeze would explain the no heat and if the antifreeze leaked out, that might be related to the cloud of smoke. Also, if there is no liquid coolant in the engine, the temperature gauge will malfunction as you describe it. Although it is not exactly clear what has happened, and whether or not there are multiple issues (e.g., you mention lack of movement in gear, too) what I would recommend is you first request a coolant leak diagnostic. If a leak, or overheating or a water pump failure, is part of the issue the responding certified mechanic will resolve that as well as any other issues related to the overall breakdown. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

After changing the alternator, my car won't start - 2005 Ford Focus

Hello. The battery should be checked first. If the battery is low enough, then this will occur. If the battery is fine, then the fuses for the charging system need to be checked. If one of the wires for the...

squeal sound from rear passenger wheel when driving bumpy roads

The noise is probably brake or wheel bearing related. If brake related, it might be due to the brake pad wear indicator contacting the rotors. If you desire that this problem be diagnosed by a certified Mechanic, dispatched by YourMechanic...

How do I adjust the brightness of the instrument panel in a 2012 Ford F-150?

The Instrument Panel is a place for you to monitor and adjust your vehicle’s performance. The brightness of this panel can be dimmed or brightened to meet your needs. To adjust the brightness. Press the Left and Right control...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Have Kids
Once Once you have kids, the kind of car you have becomes very important. Suddenly, the amount of space, entertainment features, reliability, safety, and easy to clean interior become the top priorities. Here’s a list of vehicles meant to satisfy...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford Taurus
The The Ford Taurus received something of a revival over the past several years, and it has become one of the family sedan staples in the United States. It’s a beautiful and bold looking vehicle that offers a wealth of...
Top 10 PZEV Cars for Eco-Friendly Drivers
Teddy Leung / Shutterstock.com The whole idea of a PZEV (that is, a partial zero-emissions vehicle), seems paradoxical. You’d think it’d have to either be zero-emissions or not in the category at all. But as contradictory as...