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My 02 intrigue is leaking coolant. Had heater core rebuilt but still dripping coolant. Car does not overheat but low coolant light comes on when starting car after sitting for several hours. If I pop the top on the plastic coolant tank to add coolant before starting the car, level comes up to normal cold mark. If I don't do this and drive the car with the light on, the light goes out after car has thoroughly warmed up and after driving about 10 to 20 miles. My car has 197,000 miles on it and the water pump has never been replaced. My guess would be that this is the culprit. Any thoughts or input most helpful! Thank you!!!
Posted by Anonymous on
Do you see any coolant drops on the ground, if so is it the driver side or passenger side. Also is it a V6 or 4 cylinder. Lastly, if there are no signs or evidence of a leak there may be air trapped in the cooling system causing the level to drop as the air purges slowly.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Coolant light on an AUDI TT 2000
It sounds like it is low on coolant. Coolant expands when it warms up so if it is just low enough to trip the switch when it is cold it will shut the light off when it warms up. You should be ok to just top it off but be sure that what you put in is compatible with what is in it. There must also be a leak somewhere in the system for you to have lost some to begin with. Depending on how many miles you have on the car it wouldn't hurt to have the cooling system flushed if it's never been done before. If you do get it flushed take it to the dealer to have it done. Explain to them the low coolant and have them check the system for leaks at the same time. Hope this helps
Posted on Dec 23, 2008
SOURCE: low coolant light
I have a 97 Cutlass. The low coolant light is on as well. After talking to some of my mechanic buddy's this is a know problem with this model of vehicle (Cutlass/Malibu). You can either replace the coolant reservoir with the sensor or just ignore the problem as even with replacing the parts it is likely to come back on.
Hope this helps
Posted on Jan 15, 2009
Have the system pressure checked. This is simple and quick. Puts the system under pressure and helps to locate leaks. Check cap too. System needs to maintain pressure.
Some engines have a "Bleed" valve in the head so you can force the air out of the system as you fill it with coolant. May want to chekc to see if yours has one.
\Fluxing gage indicates coolant sometime there and sometimes not. Low level. Sound says the same thing.
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
I had this same problem with my 2002 3.4L engine impala. Unfortunately, there was a coolant leak at the lower-intake manifold, caused by a cracked gasket. I replaced the gasket, water pump, thermostat, spark plugs and wires and flushed out the heater coil. Didn't find out what it was until after spending 100s on Dex-Cool. I kept refilling it for months until I got a good mechanic to fix the problem whom told me that this is a common repair on older impalas and GM vehicles with 3.4 and 3.1 engines.
Posted on Jul 30, 2009
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