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Old 08-10-2012, 10:39 PM   #1
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Smells hot

My '87 Bounder will smell like its running hot from outside after shutting it down even though all gauges read normal and it's never overheated. Wondering if this just normal or perhaps a hidden problem?
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:08 AM   #2
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Just have a look about the engine bay make sure there is not a antifreeze seeping or loose hose clamps allowing some steam to escape, look for any other signs of leakage sounds like your ok just maybe the old girl is showing some age and needs a little TLC
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Likely you are leaking a small amount of antifreeze somewhere- maybe heater hoses or heater core, if all the other hoses and clamps look solid.

That being said... I had all the hoses and belts replaced on our '89 Southwind about 2 years ago. Afterwards we immediately drove from Wisconsin to east Texas, about 1600 miles. While stopped briefly on the side of the road going from Houston to Corpus the upper radiator hose blew off the top of the block, enveloping us in a big cloud of steam and excitement..

Turned out the (brand new) hose clamp had never been tightened on the brand new hose. How did it last so long?
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