Question about 1997 Nissan Pathfinder
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
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
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,
Posted on Nov 29, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
replace the front oil seal. first i would clean the engine with purple power (degrease etc.) then look at the engine and make sure the leak is not coming from above like possibly the valve cover gasket or from the oil sending unit. try to tighten the bolts on the valve cover and even the oil pan. you never know, you may get lucky. i don't know where you are but front seals are cheap but the labor on the job is what costs you.
Posted on Jun 16, 2009
SOURCE: Engine Oil Leak
Crankshaft oil seals
Camshaft oil seals
Rocker cover gasket
Power steering Pump
Power steering rack/box
If you cant find the leak give the engine a good wash down , makes it easier to spot the leak.
Posted on Jun 28, 2009
Well the head gasket job will cover the valve cover gasket ( you have to do one to get to the other) Bring it to a repair shop its about a $1500 job.
Posted on Apr 19, 2010
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