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Little smoke bad smell - black bolt?

Discussion in '2001-2005 Explorer Sport Trac' started by Grabberblue, December 31, 2017.

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    1. Grabberblue

      Grabberblue New Member

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      Hi everyone,

      I hate my truck! I’m tired of this. I fix one thing and 2 more problems pop up. It’s getting old!

      Right now, I have just recently started getting oil spots in my driveway. I needed to change out my calipers anyways, so while I was doing that, I was looking around and saw a black bolt on the side of the block. This is the passenger side at the front of the engine, closest to the firewall.

      I finished doing the calipers and took it for a drive to make sure it was good. When I got back, I smelled the smoke, popped my hood and there was a good amount of white smoke. Checked the coolant and that’s at it’s normal level. It was doing this before I did the brake, I noticed it a few days ago too.

      So after letting it cool down, I got under the truck and spotted that black bolt. It’s had a little bit of oil on it and it was the highest spot I could see oil. I cleaned it off, drove it around (about the same as before) when I got back, no smoke, but the smell was still there.

      I am wondering what this black bolt is for? Is it a cap for oil?? Does anyone know what size it is?

      It’s a 2003 sport Trac.
      I just did the oil. I also just replaced the thermostat housing after it blew up on me.

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      From what I read on this. I would leave it alone. Hard to get to reseal with limited success.
       

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