Hey guys I’m new here so I appreciate any help you can give me in advance. A little history first. I have a 2001 Ford Escape that just passed inspection 2 days ago. It only had one owner that took good care of it and kept all the records. It currently has 159k miles and I changed the oil yesterday.
It had a coil pack go out a few months ago so I replaced the 3 up front and thank God that fixed it cause the rear ones are a pain to get to. It does have an occasional “bloop” at idle and probably needs the other 3 replaced shortly.
The radiator had a tiny leak that I used a copper stop leak to fix temporarily and it’s been working fine since, but onto the issue at hand. Oh, I almost forgot, the spark plugs are all seazed up and won’t budge at all. I’m afraid to take them out and risk breaking them off. The engine runs good and strong with no apparent loss of power at all rpms.
Okay, so now that’s out of the way, here’s what happened today. As I was driving back home from work, i felt something that felt like those road grooves that wake you up on the highway but the road was smooth and never made that sound so I knew it must be the car. I barely manage to get in my driveway when steam started coming from under the hood. I turned off the ignition asap and opened the hood. It seems the violent vibrations cracked the plastic inlet tube on the old radiator and sprayed the engine with coolant.
The car was not overheating when I got home and no check engine codes came on so I’m left scratching my head at the cause of this sudden failure. Also, there’s no coolant on the dipstick. The car was running great all day up until this happened.
Any guess as to what could be the cause? I assume the shaking broke the inlet tube but maybe the inlet tube cracked off and caused the shaking? (If that’s even possible…) Also, the motor mounts passed the driveway test and the transmission shifts nice and smooth. Never had any overheating issues either. Any guesses?