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Overheating and grinding noises

My car has a major overheating problem. It is leaking coolant and I've been adding coolant weekly and water daily so I can get to work and back but now the car is overheating after driving less than 1 mile. When I put water in today, it looked like it was leaking out towards the middle of the engine so it could be a hose. It's also dripping out of the overflow/reservoir. The water in the overflow tank is looking dirty, almost black. I don't think that it's oil but it's possible. I did have to add 2 quarts of oil a few days ago. My car also started making grinding noises this morning. What is likely wrong with my car? Will I need a pro to fix it for me? I need to figure out what to do before I go back to work on Tuesday.

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  • khakigirl May 24, 2009

    My father-in-law came over to look at the engine and we couldn't tell where the leak was for the coolant or the oil. We did confirm that there was no water or coolant in the oil.

    The engine is a 4 cylinder according to my father-in-law. There is nothing on the engine that shows what it is. The car has approximately 270,000 miles on it.


  • khakigirl May 24, 2009

    Where should I go to get a compression or pressure test (what kind of auto shop)? How much would it cost?

    I found a product at Autozone that is supposed to show you where the leak is by using a UV dye and a black light. Would that be okay to use to find the leak?

  • khakigirl May 24, 2009

    I'm not sure I have the cash to pay for the test.

    Would the dye product work? It's only $10.

  • khakigirl May 24, 2009

    They don't supply the black light, but my brother owns one. I'll give it a try and comment back when I figure out where the leak is coming from.

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First thing you need to do is zero in on where the coolant is leaking out,and where oil is going. Sure sounding like a head gasket, or worse. What engine& mileage?

Posted on May 23, 2009

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    Mike Butler May 24, 2009

    Probably a 2.5L. May be smart to take compression test, or at least cooling system pressure test to figure out where coolants going. Not uncommon for the 2.2L & 2.5L to develop head gasket leak.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 24, 2009

    Any rad shop should be able to do cooling system pressure test, & probably pinpoint leak at same time. 1 hr labor at most.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 24, 2009

    Does it require a black light to see? if not, give it a try.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 24, 2009

    Sorry didn't see rest of your statement for some reason. I take it they supply the blacklight?



  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 24, 2009

    Don't forget to shine in tailpipe also. Good Luck, I'll wait to hear.

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