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97 Nissan Pathfinder coolant leak from under the engine, husband is in Afghanistan and I can't reach him to figure out what to do! In Seattle.

I have a 1997 Nissan that is leaking coolant from UNDER the engine. I had it to a mechanic last night, he added coolant and told me to go home put cardboard under it to see if it was leaking. I did just that. It is leaking. I just took a flashlight out there and looked under the car, I can see the leak and it's under the engine on the bottom along a plate/metal area running horizontal. The mechanic is now out of town for 3 days. I have a baby that I take to chemotherapy treatment every 3 days over 50 miles away, added to that my husband is stationed in Afghanistan and I can't reach him about this problem! I'm located in Seattle. Any suggestions? - Heather

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Sounds like it could be your water pump that is on the front of the engine. Ifr the leak is not too big-it's a judgement call-you could fill up the radiator with coolant and take it to your appointments. Just keep an eye on the engine temperature. If it starts to overheat, pull off to the side, shut the car off and let it cool down for about 30 minutes. Carry a jug of water with you-just in case you need to add water. Before you return home, check the level in the radiator and add as needed. Wait until the vehicle has cooled down before you try to open the radiator cap.

When your mechanic returns, you can get the leak fixed.
What is a "big leak"? Well, start the car so it is running, then look under the car: If the coolant is pouring off in a steady stream, that is too big a leak to chance it. But if it is just a steady drip, I think you could travel 50 miles without running too low on coolant. Like I said, it's a judgement call. Good luck.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012

  • HeatherAnne Amdal Nov 29, 2012

    Thanks! That's what the mechanic said last night. He sent me home with a jug of coolant and I checked it this morning before I drove, when I got home tonight and just a little while ago. The level hasn't moved from the reserve tank and when I took off the radiator cap that was also full. It's just tiny drips. And I let it run before I left this morning and it didn't have any new drips after it ran for a few minutes. I'm guessing it may cost a small fortune to get this water pump fixed if he can't just seal the leak. :o(

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Hi Heather,it may be your water pump leaking or a radiator hose.Keep water in it,keep a jug in the vehicle,if it's the water pump,then it will leak when it is parked,keep the over flow container full.

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    When I went out there a little while ago and looked under it with a flash light you can see the drips hanging there. There is a small amount that did drip onto the cardboard on our driveway. I have coolant in the car with me, and I also check that and that reserve container to make sure they were both full. Also it's not overheating, but it makes me VERY nervous to drive it.

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Take it to a different place to be check out, If you loose all the antifreeze buy driveing it you will do real serious damage to it,

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