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Coolant leak That can't be found

I have a 2000 dodge intrepid. Car overheated and blew out all coolant. If i in resevoir it all starts leaking out in about 3 seconds, but the hoses have no holes. The water pump is fine as well. Any ideas, i cannot find where the coolant is leaking from???Help!

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  • ktlabombard Apr 19, 2009

    thank you. these are alot of things i have not checked....

  • chrisgigolo Apr 20, 2009

    I just found out that I have exactly the same problem, and I cannot figure out where the leak is coming from...
    If you could tell me what you've figured out..



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The leak can be from a number of places. The radiator may be leaking, a freeze out plug on the block, a crack in the block, the head gasket, etc. The only way to figure it out is to carefully check under and above the engine. You can purchase a small mirror with an extending handle to view the difficult tight areas (available at most auto parts stores). The reservoir can even have a split in it where it's difficult to see, like in the bottom, or up against the fender. Check the hose from the bottle also. So pick up a mirror, and start your detective work. Since it leaks so quickly, it should be pretty easy to track down. When you go under the car, make sure wheels are blocked, and car is on safety stands. Good luck, let me know what you find.

Posted on Apr 18, 2009

  • Curt Downs Apr 19, 2009

    I feel your pain! I have a 96 Grand Am that is leaking coolant (not as bad as yours) and although I can see coolant in a small puddle formed in a little nook in the engine, I can't locate exactly where it's coming from, due to engine components blocking my view. My trusty mirror helps view some of the area, but I have to take a few things apart to be able to get a better view and see what exactly is leaking. My leak is slow, which is good, because I can still drive it, but I almost wish I had a gusher of a leak, as it should be easier to locate! Good luck, let me know the final outcome. Curt



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