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96 chevy impala ss: my temp gauge..smell..whining sound

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i have a 96 chevy impala ss, recently my temp gauge gets a bit high and i could smell something, yesterday i could hear a whining sound and a ting what could that be?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Web Technican replied 8 years ago.



What you are hear would be the start of the water pump bearing failure. Is there any coolant leakage on the ground?



Customer: replied 8 years ago.
i have not noticed any coolant on the ground,
Expert:  Web Technican replied 8 years ago.
Can you desribe what it smells like is it sweet smelling or oil burning?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
it doesn't smell like oil i would say burning antifreeze. It starts to smell after about 10 minutes of driving. If i drive more than 20 min my temp gauge will get close to the redline, it has never got above it.
Expert:  Web Technican replied 8 years ago.

So there is a leak somewhere. You would have to make sure your radiator is full and do a pressure test to see where you are lossing antifreeze. And take a close listen to the water pump area. Take a screw driver against it while running and put it up to your ear and listen for grinding noises.





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