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post #1 of 4 Old 11-16-2006, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Radiator issue

Hi Guys,

I know very little about the mechanical workings of cars, so please tolerate my lack of knowledge.

I have a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee which I really like. It has one strange quirk. Whenever it rains heavily causing water to be thrown up by the car in front, when I come to a stop and idle, quite a lot of steam comes out from my radiator. The radiator isn't leaking and my coolant is full, and this only happens in heavy rain.

Is this simply a case of cold water being heated by the hot elements of the radiator or is something else going on?


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post #2 of 4 Old 11-16-2006, 02:48 PM
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I think its normal. I had this on my XJ. Only happened within a certain ambient temperature range.

Haven't seen it on my new XK, but its been warm in my part of the country.
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OK. Thanks.
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-17-2006, 08:42 AM
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More than likely the steam is from the water being splashed up onto your exhaust or exhaust manifold. If it was anti-freeze you would smell it.
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