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My 1999 toyota camry has had a large puddle under it last 3 days. I got a new radiator installed last year. i filled the overflow w antifreeze yesterday, it drained out, in a couple of hrs. i filled w water, it again was empty in a couple of hours. i never drove the car. my son in law took off the overflow this evening, filled it up, it didnt leak, til he put it back in the car. dtill not running it drained onyo ground. now empty again. radiator is full. oil is full any advice appreciated!

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Look close on the top of the radiator they crack there. and the other thing you can do is put a piece of card board under the front and run the car and see where it leaks

Posted on Dec 04, 2012

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  • anita Dec 04, 2012

    I did put quarter inch plywood under it today. the stain was just inside the front, passenger tire. I fill the overflow, it drains out. the car was never started. dumb question.....does the overflow drain to the water pump? could it be the water pump?? can u tell me all the things that can drain an overflow, when the car is not driven? I really dont think its the radiator. Its yellow and full w antifreeze. when i filled the overflow the 2nd time w water....it drained ckear water, hence not from radiator. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP......la friend will help if I buy the correct parts,!

  • anita Dec 04, 2012

    my apologies for typing errors, eyes r tired from researching my car problems......need stronger glasses

  • anita Dec 04, 2012

    the overflow is draining when the car is not even running....i just cant see where or how, even when watching it. we took it off, filled it w water, it didnt leak til we put it back on. drained dry in a couple of hours....car not running

  • anita Dec 07, 2012

    a friend of a friend's mechanic said my radiator cap is defective. we will try that first. Im new to the area, so thats why I have no mechanic. Happy Holidays & Blessings to All!

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There is really only one thing that causes this, that is a leaking cylinder head gasket(s).

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have you had the undercarriage inspected for white stains from coolant, rust stains if your system is corroded? How many miles? has the water pump ever been replaced, that would be my guess, water pumps leak while the eng is running and the hot engine evaporates the coolant, so in many cases none on the ground. Also have the system pressure tested by a shop and put on a rack to check for signs of leaking under the car.

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check the condition of the reserve tank and the hose from the reserve tank to the radiator for leaks if no leaks there have the Radiator cap presure tested . also this could be a air lock in the engine if the radiator is new with the engine running and the heater on hot observe the fluid level in the radiator with the cap off if it drops as it warms add more coolant this will purge the air .

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Well, fortunately 250 is not extreme....So, no info on your year, so I will take a stab generically... Something happened. (duh), it could be it just got low on water, could be a leak...here are the next steps.

But first the upper rad hose may be a good clue: for a long time cooling systems had a recovery system...essentially, small amounts of coolant would be heated out, so this small amount of fluid was captured in a recovery system. This recovery system is outside of the pressurized cooling system....
Fluid goes into the recovery tank when hot, and this is normal. Then when the system COOLS, the radiator cap has a 2nd valve that alllows the coolant in the RECOVERY tank to be drawn back into the pressureized side.

The statement of the collapsed upper hose (replace it??) means this reverse system may be plugged or the cap is sticking...the function at this condition is that you would push heated fluid into the recovery tank and not get it back, so the next day you start the process short on fluid.....

So, look into that part, THEN fill with coolant to acheive the correct mix (if you put water you may want stronger % Coolant, when in doubt, drain it and start again with correct mix, it is important).

Heater on full at all fill and testing times. Pressure test the cooling system and look for leaks. Fix any that you find. Monitor the system...Thermostats need to be replaced routinely, in my opinion. Consider throwing on a rad cap and thermostat and have a good starting position to test and monitor the system.

Consider a flush of the cooling system...Easy at a lube shop and they recover the fluid.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010

Testimonial: "thank you...i did all that except replacing the thermostat and seems to run perfect...seems like my loose radiator cap started it all..i replaced it 2"

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