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Overheating problem or leak?


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April 11, 2008
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City, State
Old Bridge, NJ
Year, Model & Trim Level
2011 Explorer XLT
I am having an issue with my 99 XLT SOHC. Recently I have noticed that it has been having a slight burnt smell when I drive it. I describe it almost as an overheating smell, but my temp gauge doesn't go above 1/4. Once in a while, after driving it, I will see a slight bit of smoke coming out from under the hood. It's not a lot of smoke, and it's clear. Probably wouldn't even notice it if I weren't looking for it. Also, I have no CEL and no codes registering.

It concerns me obviously because I don't want the engine to overheat. The antifreeze level is fine. There doesn't seen to be a radiator hose leaking antifreeze that I can see. Nothing looks wet under the hood.

Any suggestions on what to look for or what to check?

Thanks guys.

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