My mazda mpv 2001 coolant leaking somewhere. Filled it Saturday full line and is at low level monday afternoon.Where is it going? Van does not overheat
1. External Leaks
You need to get the vehicle to a mechanic to check all flexible coolant hoses, hose connections, around the exterior of the water pump and the entire radiator. To do properly the vehicle also needs to be on a hoist. If there is an external leak you should find coolant dripping from the front of the car while the engine is idling and the cooling system is fully pressurized. However it depends how bad the leak is and it's location.
2. Internal Leak
If coolant is leaking into the engine this is a serious problem and needs to be identified by a competent mechanic. For example, if you have a blown head gasket coolant will blow into the engine and contaminate the engine oil. If you check the oil in the engine's sump it should be completely free from coolant contamination.
You should also check the coolant in the radiator for any signs of oil contamination. If there is coolant in the oil then there will also likely be engine oil which has blown into the engines coolant passages and then mixed with the coolant.
IF you can find traces of coolant in your engine oil (or oil in the coolant) the likely problem
will be a blown head gasket and the head on the engine will need to be
removed and inspected .
Blown head gaskets are usually a result of an owner allowing the engine to overheat as a result of low coolant level, failed water pump or faulty thermostat. Overheating can also cause major damage to the head on the engine.
Jan 19, 2011 |
2004 Mazda MPV