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Still losing coolant

Posted by edbalboa on Jan 02, 2009
i have an 87 celica convertible 2litre japanese import after driving on a hot day the overflow tank attached to the radiator appeared to be boiling,after cooling down I topped up the coolantwhich needed a very small amount .after a short test drive the o/flow was gurgling and the rad was already quite hot.the temp guage remains normal .Can any one advise? Comment posted on Jan 03, 2009 as i described before also the second time after my short test drive I opened the rad cap while the engine was running and the coolant sprayed out with a lot of pressure.Also icannot find any specifcations on the volume of coolant it takes to fill up when the system has been emptied I was only able to put around 3 litres in there.threre is no sign of any oil in the cooling system nor water in the oil as Its been suggested that it may be the head gasket.the radiator appears on the outside to be in good condition,the car has only travelled 160000 ks . also I have been trying to find out which radiator fits the car because the 87 has a camry 2ltr moter i presume it takes camry Ok changed the thermostat,car runs normal ,temp guage normal ,how ever losing around 1 litre coolant after driving 50 to 80 ks on a hot day usually with gurgling action in exspansion tank (thanks jonnydiesel) is this normal ?.have noticed coolant overflowing from expansion tank while testing car in driveway how ever I may have overfilled the tank.

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Hi, Sounds like the water pump is not circulating the water, as soon as the engine heats what water is in it, it will boil. Since you are brave enough to open the radiator when it is hot ( Bad Idea ! ) open it when it is cold, start the car and watch to see if the coolant circulates. You may have to wait unit the thermostat opens and if the water pump is bad when the thermostat opens it may spray hot coolant and steam instead of circulating what is in the radiator so don't be in the way. Not the best way to test this but works if you don't have diagnostic tools. Good Luck! By the way, coolant means antifreeze mixture which if it gets too thin lowers the boiling point significantly.

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