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1994 Saturn SL1: Profuse Coolant Leak

When I start my car, there is a very large coolant leak. I cannot find the source, but it seems to exit on the top right hand side.

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Check on the top right of the radiator where the upper hose connects. i bet you'll find a hair line fracture or bigger there

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This is very likely a water pump. It is on the right side and often water is thrown around by the belt. A pump is about $35 and labor should be no more than $60. You would also have the cost of the antifreeze ($15 to $20) and possibly a serpentine belt if required.

If you are mechanically inclined, this is not that difficult of a job. After doing 2 I got the job down to 45 minutes. You must remove the pulley first then the water pump bolts.

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