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Engine coolant leak

Ok i know its a engine coolant leak because when i poor water into it its just all ends right on the ground.Does anyone know how much it would cost to fix around.Because when i was driving my car sounded like a loud hemi

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    Joseph Dugger May 11, 2010

    That really depends on where the leak is at. Is it leaking from the radiator? Or a hose? Or waterpump? Let me know then I can get you an estimate for the repairs.

  • MrRepairAll May 11, 2010

    Have you done any work on your car recently or has someone else? Are there any loose fittings, or loose hoses that you can see from the top of the engine area. Place you hand on the various hoses while the engine is cool. Try to gently shake the hoses, but no forcefully. Anything loose? You'll also need to get under the car to do an inspection. You'll need safety glasses, car jack and 2 jackstands.


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If it is the radiator, look for the leaks, and see if it is the lining, if it is, get a new radiator, they can be from 80 bucks to 200 bucks.. if it is the lining, you are saved and shouldnt be spending much.. you can try to patch the radiator, but you may just bust more seems, i am having the same issue and just replaced my radiator today.

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