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Dodge caravan 2008 leaking coolant

We smelled fumes like burning paper coming in through the vents and steam coming out under the hood. Running engine and very small drip from a "Y" connector in coolant lines. Dealership wanted outrageous money and forced you to buy additional parts than the silly "Y" connector. It's just plumbing so I fixed it myself. The guy at this link fixed it even better. Hope this helps someone: http://tearitupfixitrepeat.blogspot.ca/2012/08/08-dodge-grand-caravan-antifreeze.html

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  • Tom Hanrath Jan 17, 2013

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SOURCE: 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan Water pump

If it's red, it's transmission fluid. Coolant would be green. Check the fluid level, don't let it get low, Chrysler minivans are prone to transmission troubles, and low fluid levels over time will ruin a a transmission. And be sure not to overfill, it's just as bad for the trans. Have the leak checked out and repaired, good luck

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SOURCE: 93 Dodge Grand Caravan antifreeze leak/drip

check it out,sounds like a waterpump ,but it could be anything,you must be using 100% to withstand -30 celcius where are you alaska??

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SOURCE: I have a 2006 dodge grand caravan that is leaking

The horrible smell is antifreeze leaking from the heater core. This is the more serious of two leaks. You might be able to fix it with some stop leak. You can also tighten the power steering hoses.

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SOURCE: my 2007 dodge grand caravan smells like antifreeze but has no leak

inspect your heater core

Posted on Mar 15, 2012

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