My Car has a collant leak someplace i have been just replacing it until i can find the problem. now just on the way home the car was idleing really bad and died and the check engine light poped on... i can take it to autozone but dont have no buddy to get me if i break down... wondering if any one out there might know what i can check?
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I would guess that the entire cooling system needs to be cleaned and flushed, and any leaks fixed. If you are having to add coolant continuously, then you have a leak someplace. Check all your hoses and the water pump for any signs of a leak. Run the car until it's at normal operating temperature, then shut it off. While it's cooling down, look closely under the engine for any signs of a leak (drips, etc.) If you can't find anything, there is a possibility there is an internal leak someplace. Check your oil dipstick for any signs of water in the oil, and pull the spark plugs and inspect them for any signs of water. If you can't find the problem after this, you probably will be better off taking it to a shop.
SOUND LIKE ENGINE COOLANT LEVEL LOW.CHECK COOLANT SURGE TANK.IF LOW MORE LIKELY RADIATOR COOLANT LEVEL LOW.ADD COOLANT TO COOLANT SURGE TANK UNTIL COOLANT LEVEL STAY AT FULL COLD MARK DONT OVERFILL OVERFLOW JUG.
You might have the leak in the system which comes effective as the engine warms up and the SEALED SYSTEM oozes off as steam from any of the joints, the radiator or the engine gaskets.
Top up the coolant and let the engine warm up on idling while you check for possible leaks in all the areas , water pump, engine and radiator.
Check also the pressure cap on the radiator, if required change as it must open up only at required temperature.