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2004 Freelander Coolant Leak

I have a 2004 Freelander 2.5L Petrol LH drive.  I have been smelling antifreeze in the cab once it warms up.  It's not the heater core.  I don't see any drips or puddles under the vehicle.  I can't see any moisture under hood at all.  I do however smell antifreeze on the opposite side of the motor as the resevoir, at the back near the firewall.  There is an array of hoses there but i've squeezed them and I can't seem to find out where the coolant is going.  I only have to top the resevoir up every 3-4 weeks.  Usually get the smell in the cab when engine is under load on take-off yet the windshield doesn't mist up and there's no moisture on the carpet.

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  • pseudoflesh Jan 23, 2009

    I thought it might be the resevoir bottle at first, but the antifreeze smell is on the opposite side of the motor as the bottle.

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Check the reserviour bottle itself underneath for any cracks cause I had a taurus once looked all over for antifreeze leaks and I found it by putting a pressure tester on it

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