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Old 01-22-2014, 08:16 PM
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leaking coolant?

So after I warmed up my car this morning in sub degree weather I pulled out and noticed a puddle of coolant... I was shocked, when I got home in the afternoon I checked my coolant in my reservoir and it was low but not empty, I let the car cool down and I checked the radiator itself, its topped off and the cap is good(made a little suction sound) and I checked my oil and its right between full and add. I just got it changed about 300 miles ago and its already kinda blackish and dirty. So I went and picked up some coolant And filled it up. Anything I should look for?
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Re: leaking coolant?

What color was the fluid? Cuz it sounds like your coolant level is fine.

Could also be; PS, tranny, brake/clutch, gas.....
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What color was the fluid? Cuz it sounds like your coolant level is fine.

Could also be; PS, tranny, brake/clutch, gas.....
Coolant was bright green. I could see it on the snow
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Re: leaking coolant?

Small coolant leaks (and sometimes even large ones) are hard to spot unless the system's under pressure, which means the engine running and hot. Then look at hose ends -- if the clamp's loosening, coolant can weep out, and when radiators get old, the plastic cracks around the neck. Listen to hear if the water pump rattles, and look under that spot. And depending on when the rad was last filled, it might even be a little spilled fluid that took awhile to find its way to the ground -- I've found that the splash pan under the front holds leaks very well....
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Re: leaking coolant?

I use Blitz pans and paper towels....
$10 at advance auto. My truck has a low pressure leak. After sitting for a couple days a hose connection shrinks enough to leak a little.

Like Jamie said, they normaly leak under pressure. Let the car warm until the cooling fan cycles. Turn it off and watch for leaks. Also listen for pressure being relieved. May leak while running.
Use a flashlight to check deep into those crevices where all those 1/4" hoses lurk if you don't see anything obvious.
Put it on ramps if you can.
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Re: leaking coolant?

I had a small coolant leak, actually it was a coolant explosion! First thought is always wrong remember that. I was like ermager i blew up my car, smoke pouring everywhere from the hood, i felt like mob5ta. Then i found i just split a stupid 2 inch long rubber coolant hose the width of my middle finger. Check yo hoses, its cold so they crack
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