I need some help friends. It has been quite some time since I have participated regularly here on the forums. I still have my eldorado and she is still my daily driver. Round trip to work is 72 miles. She has 182K on her now. She isn't as pretty as she used to be, but mechanically she has been a champ. Until now...
I had just parked the car at home and noticed some smoking from under the hood. Found that she is leaking coolant. It is coming down somewhere further in than the water pump and leaking down on the exhaust flange. All around the pump is dry. All hoses look okay. But this leak is coming down good while the engine is running. I turned the engine off and it seemed to dissipate. Off for about 10 minutes. Not leaking. Started it back up and it took a couple minutes to start leaking again. Again, it started flowing good. Right now it is too hot to start sticking my hand in there to feel around. Hell, I don't even want to put my face around it. It hasn't overheated. The coolant low level reading came up on the dash and I went ahead and shut it down.
I am thinking it is leaking from the head, maybe? Any ideas? I just bought a brand new tractor (last week) thinking the caddy would last a bit longer. Now. I am not sure. I do not want to put any major money into her anymore and my time for working on her is limited. If it was the water pump, that would have been fine. Me and the girl have been together since 2002. I think this might be the end of the road.
Any help is greatly appreciated. I haven't pulled out the manual yet. Just happened an hour ago.
Maybe I should also mention that starting two weeks ago, the engine idle in park (warm engine) would surge to about 1100 rpm and stick there. It wouldn't do this consistently, just 3 or 4 times in the last two weeks.