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I have a 2000 camry. I noticed bubbling coming from the coolant resovior after a short drive. The radiator was low on coolant and the res became empty after the car cooled down. I started the car up and added distiled water to the radiator. I am leaking coolant at a fast pace but I can't tell where its leaking from. The car is NOT overheating...yet... what could this be?

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Head Gasket
Intake Gasket
Water Pump & drying off so you don't see it

Posted on Dec 08, 2012

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EVERYTHING STATED INDICATES A POSSIBLE HEAD GASKET LEAK...IF YOU ARE NOT SEEING COOLANT ON THE GROUND
PULL OIL DIPSTICK AND CHECK FOR MILKY APPEARANCE, ALSO CHECK RADIATOR(COLD) FOR SIGNS OF OIL FLOATING ON TOP

Posted on Dec 08, 2012

  • geoff andreozzi Dec 08, 2012

    Thank you for the post. I have located the leak. It is below the water pump and its very rapid. So I'm guessing a new water pump would fix this? How could it go from not leaking, to leaking horribly just over a waterf pump and still NOT over heating

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    Jeffrey Geyer Dec 09, 2012

    BECAUSE THE WATER PUMP BEARING HAS A BUILT IN FEATURE THAT WILL CAUSE COOLANT TO WEEP FROM A HOLE JUST UNDER THE PUMP AS A WARNING SIGN. THE IMPELLER IS STILL CIRCULATING SOME COOLANT, BUT THE BEARING IS FAILING AND WILL SOON SEIZE...INSTALL NEW PUMP AND I WOULD PUT A THERMOSTAT IN IT WHILE I WAS AT IT UNLEESS THAT HAS BEEN REPLACED RECENTLY. ALSO CHECK ALL HOSES FOR WEAR, DETERIORATION, ETC...REPLACE IF NECESSARY

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Ensure that there is no leak, checking all the coolant lines and the radiator.
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