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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Water on Drivers side Saturn SC2
Is it antifreeeze from heater core or heater core hose leak? Is the leak pure water, or maybe something else?
Put it in the garage again overnight with an old white towel in the drivers foot well, best if you can find a way to stretch it from drivers seat forwar to firewall and keep it off of floor mat. Check it before you go to bed, then in the morning if no leak found yet. see if the color/location of the spot helps you identify the source. I think the heater core is under the dash center. Anti freeze is green/yellow or orange.
Posted on Nov 06, 2008
We just went through the same thing on our 1997 SC1, replaced the head gasket and the oil in the coolant issue persisted.
Pulled a cylinder head out of a 1995 wagon and put it in, the problem has cleared up after a LOT of flushing with powered automatic dishwasher machine detergent and water. We also replaced the upper and lower radiator hoses, thermostat and water pump once the flushings were complete.
Posted on Jun 19, 2009
If the system is losing coolant to the outside world it should be visible as seepage or drops on the ground under the car.
If these signs are not apparent, an internal loss is possible via a leaking head gasket etc., but this would be show up as coolant in the oil or engine overheating.
If you can't find where the coolant is going, check that the system was properly filled after water pump replacement, with attention to bleeding out air. Air locks can cause a low coolant level after the air settles out.
It is always a good idea to check the system coolant level (when engine is cold) after the first couple of runs after coolant system re-fill.
Posted on Jun 24, 2009
What may assist in your diagnostic is a system pressure tester.This has a hand pump to where you can pressure up the system to 12 to 17 lbs and this really helps bring on hard to find leaks. You may be overlooking coolant leaking from the "weep hole" in the bottom of the water pump or a place that might become much more obvious inspecting this system under pressure. The tester also helps diagnostic by noticing if the system holds pressure for a sustained amount of time.A small leak will drop your 12 psi in a matter of a few minutes and you will continually need to pump a few more times to keep that pressure which further indicates the system is leaking down.
Posted on Aug 27, 2009
Normally I would advise exactly how to do a job, but this is one of those tasks that you NEED to buy a haynes manual so you have the correct tightening/torquing sequence, the correct method to set the timing, etc. This can be an involved process, and without the proper illustrations and information, would be homocide to your vehicle's engine to undertake. While you're in there, you'll want to change out the timing chain as well though, FYI.
Posted on Oct 22, 2009
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