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Water leaks from radiator, but cant find from where.

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It is definitely appearing from the radiator? Not elsewhere? This model has a plastic top tank to the radiator, which cracks eventually, so have a very careful look for a hairline crack.

Posted on Jan 04, 2013

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You either have a crack in the radiator on that side, or the hose is leaking.....4d6ee3d.gif

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SOURCE: My 94 . It's leaks s little water. But can not

If your car passed the pressure test, then there must be no leak in the cooling system. It can only come from the overflow reservoir.

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Water seems to leak slowly from radiator, but cant find the leak.

That engine can develop a leak between the intake manifold and one or both cylinder heads. It is hard to spot, and the water dribbles out onto the transmission, where it is dissipated by the air flow.

Another possibility is the water pump shaft seal leaking, in a car this age, accessed after removing the timing belt.

Jan 04, 2013 | 1992 Toyota Camry V6


Leak in radiator

This applies to all vehicles that have radiators. If you're overheated open the bonnet and let it cool until no steam is detected, then open the cap on the top. If you need a temporary solution to a leaky radiator out on the road, pour some pepper into the water, while the water is still warm. start the car and fill the radiator and cap it firmly closed. The pepper will find the leak and plug it. Then get it serviced. If you leave it, eventually the plugged hole will reopen. This will have a small effect on the ability of the radiator to cool the engine but not much. If there are several leaks, call a tow truck.
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Leaking coolant but cant find the leak?checked the radiator and pipes but still cant find it!could it be something to do with the air con unit? only leaks when started and will drain the water out of the...

There is absolutely no way possible that the air con unit is going to cause an engine coolant "leak". The air conditioner can cause the engine to overheat if the fans are not working properly, but you will see coolant coming out of the radiator cap if it is overheating.

To find a coolant leak you just have to look for it while it is leaking. If you can see it dripping out on the ground, then you should be able to follow it up to see where it is coming from. Cracks in the plastic radiator tanks are common in all Honda vehicles. These cracks can have the characteristic of only leaking after reaching a certain temperature. You will probably have to remove the plastic shrouding from under the vehicle to see many of the leaks that can be coming from the front radiator area.

Water pumps can also leak at only certain temperatures. Sometimes they can fool you also because there are channels on the back of the pump that will direct coolant away from the water pump/ timing belt area in the event of a leak. It can look like it is leaking from the side of the engine that is away from the water pump. Again, you have to LOOK to see where it is originating from.

Apr 28, 2011 | 1990 Honda Civic

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I have antifreeze leaking from my 03 Chevy Trailblazer. Its been leaking slowly for about a week. The radiator appears to be fine and the truck wasn't overheating at all until yesterday. I think it may...

Make sure you have water/coolant and turn on the car to see if you detect where its coming from. It could be easy as a hose. But it can also be your thermostat not opening. Also check your not leaking from your water pump.

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Radiator level reducing every day and vehicle overheating

try filling the radiator ,take the car for a ride to get the temp. and pressure up shut the car off and recheck for leaks.also park the car on a surface to see if any leaks under motor where you cant see.tighten hose clamps.sounds like a very small leakor a pin hole.

Jul 05, 2009 | 2001 Mitsubishi Montero

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Smoke from radiator

I am assuming you are seeing a steam column rising from the outside of the radiator on the passenger side. If this is the case you more than likely have a seam on the radiator leaking. These leaks can be small enough to be hard to detect with the eye. When the coolant leaks out and evaporates from the heat from the radiator it will usually give off a heavy sweet smell. This would defiantly indicate a coolant leak. That is where I would start.

Feb 05, 2009 | 2001 Ford Windstar

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Coolant leak

i cant tell you exactly what it is cause im not ther but you have to go under the car and detect where the leak is coming from....try radiator stop leak if it is a smaller leak it will stop it for a couple weeks. if it is a large leak as i think ur saying go under the car get a rag and clean off the fluid. keep on looking towards the top(on water pump, on engine block by intake manifold)and see where its coming from...i had the same problem it was my water pump...if its the manifold and its small get hight temp RTV sealer an try that....could be loose hoses or crack in gotta look. good luck

Nov 24, 2008 | 1994 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

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I am sure it is the water pump, the water is leaking from the pump and running down the hose. The pumps on these engines seem to last around 60-70,000 miles.

Nov 21, 2008 | 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE

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Car heats up, and seems to run out of water quick without leaking the water. I see the radiator but the only means of filling the radiator is the reservoir tank, and once you fill that one there is no more...

There is no radiator cap, the Lanos has what is called a "sealed cooling system", popular on newer model European cars and most Asian models, even some of the latest US made cars. You can squeeze and release the upper radiator hose repeatedly to "pump" some of the air out/water in.

The engine has to be leaking water somewhere. It could be a small leak that only leaks under pressure (when the car is hot) and the water is evaporating as fast as it leaks out. This kind of leak can be very hard to find! I had this problem on my daughter's 2001 Lanos until today, when I found the leak. A heater hose burst today while she was getting gas, luckily the car was stopped! It had been using about a tank full of water every month (about one quart or liter), but could find no leak. I suspected a leaking head gasket or cracked (which could be your problem), and was preparing to take the head off when she was on Christmas break from college. I'm glad that hose burts!

A leaking head gasket or cracked head is hard to detect. Most of the time there will only be a small leak when the engine is hot, and the small amount of water pulled into a cylinder is vaporised as the engine runs. There will be no water in the oil unless there is a large leak. Pull the oil dip stick and look under the oil fill cap. If there is a tan looking substance on either one there is water in the oil and you definitely have a cracked head or leaking head gasket. If it's just the gasket you're lucky -- the gasket will usually only leak if the engine has been run very hot (boiling over and then run a bit), and then the head will either crack or warp. A warped head can be repaired, but must be taken to a machine shop for repair. A machine shop can also check a head for cracks, as the cracks are usually too small to see, and usually only open and leak when the head is hot (normal engine operating temperature).

Sep 19, 2008 | 2001 Daewoo Lanos

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