MY SATURN VUE 2003 6 CYLINDER IS leaking anti freeze
The low coolant light has been on and goes off for about two hours after filling. Steam has started showing today when I started the car. The leak has progressively gotten worse since Friday. It goes in the shop Friday. I see on the passenger side a steady drip. There is a noticeable puddle of antifreeze under this area of my car as well. I've heard everything from a thermostat, heater core ( my heater works fine), to a possible water pump. Where is the water pump located on a Saturn Vue. I just want to have some idea of what I'm getting into when the repairman tells me what is going on.
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i'd change the engine temperature sender unit , or just disconnect it for a while and see if the gauge symptoms disappear , if they do then change the temp sender unit,if the symptoms remain i'd say get the OBD codes read as may have a faulty dash component
You will need to have the system leak tested to find the leak but if your not added coolant and this is the first time then i would fill radiator and resivior and keep an eye on it and if it goes low again then have the systemmtested for leaks , it may have a leaking waterpump or a leaking hose. hope this helps.
Hi my name is Tom and I can help you. All manufacture res of coolant make the same coolant. There are standards set my government. I use Prestone, but andy coolant will do. I trust this is helpful to you.
mine did the same thing. Where the steering column goes through the firewall (floor) there is a rubber seal. That seal has gotten dry. Apply a small amount of lube where the shaft goes through and turn the steering wheel. This helped eliminate my squeal.
Check all radiator hoses and the radiator itself for small leaks. You could try an over the counter stop leak to see if that helps. On big leaks this is not recomended , but in small leaks it could svae your car from losing any more anti freeze.
From the looks of it this is a very common problem with the 2002-2003 saturn vue. There was a Technical Service Bulletin from saturn about the problem, which means it happens alot but not quite enough to warrant a recall.
You need to replace your thermostat and it is a pain to do, the dealership will charge you about 2 hours flat rate to put it in.
Its not a huge deal to get it replaced right away, but the computer depends on the vehicle being a certain temperature and if it isn't then your performance/emissions will suffer.