Acura 98 2.3 CL: Hello! Looking from the driver’s seat, I saw white steam coming from the right hand side of the front. When I came out of the car and opened the hood (now, facing the car as if in oncoming traffic) I noticed the white steam came from the center-left side of the engine area (not the engine). There was also a fluid (slick but not oil - it smelled more like cooling fluid, or some kind of fluid) that was under the car, and it was not just a little bit - it dripped all over an area, probably the size of a small doormat, in the pattern of the car’s movement as I parallel parked the car. It has been very cold the last few days, and all the sudden warmed up this week. Some more information:
The white steam and fluid only appeared/dripped three to four minutes after turning ON the de-fogger
the white steam came from the center-right (from the driver’s seat vantage point) or, center-left (vantage point of someone facing the car).
the car, after being turned off, made a humming sound and then clicked off
The fluid from the car was slick but not oil (or not purely oil). It again reminded me more of a fluid, it did not smell like oil.
What is this? A blown gasket? Ruptured coolant area? Luckily the car did not do this until I parked it at home (it all happened within a period of about 120 seconds). I am concerned enough that I will not drive it and have it towed to the mechanic to fix. I love this car.
(Is there anything I should ask the tower? From what I have been told there is a RIGHT way to tow the Acura!)
Thanks a million for your review, I appreciate it. Andrew.