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Losin radiator fluid steamin coming from the bottom of the engine

While driving the car steaming is coming out from the bottom of the engine also dripping radiator fluid

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Probably a bad water pump.. steam escaping from the small hole behind the pulley or around the gasket. before changing water pump though, search for exactly where the steam is coming from... could be just a worn hose.

Posted on Feb 09, 2014

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SOURCE: SHO coolant leak?

Well this might be not too bad to oh ****. When the engine is cool have an assitant start your car. You stand with the radiator cap in your hand. Make sure the water level is at a level you can see it. When you start the engine look to see if you have bubbles coming up in the water/coolant. I have seen the bubbles from a small stream to boiling out of the top. So pay attention. If you have bubbles it is very possiable that you have a head gasket that has a crack from the cylinder head to the water jacket. If not have your cap checked. Now if this doesn't get to the problem, why are you saying dripping on the exhaust system. If you think you have a water leak in your radiator then you might find a water pressure checker. It is a device that allows you to pressure up the cooling system without starting the engine. Get a mirror and follow the water/coolant.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

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SOURCE: i have radiator fluid dripping from the bottom

First check to make sure the hose clamp is tight. You need to check both clamps . One at each end. Also check to make sure the fluid is not leaking from the weep hole at the water pump shaft. If the fluid is coming out of the small weep hole you need to replace the water pump. Good luck. If you need more guidance feel free to come back to our site and ask more questions. We are glad to help in any way we can.

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SOURCE: valve steaming and dripping to radiator hose

sounds like it is overheating and spilling over. You need to replace the thermostat. I recommend a 160 or 170

Posted on Oct 18, 2009

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SOURCE: car overheated and blew radiator fluid

you need to rent a coolant system pressure test tool from autozone, o'reily's, or any parts store. cost is $20, you get your money back when you return tool. very easy to use, fill radiator and resorvoir with water because coolant will only be wasted til you repair leak. attach tool to radiator and pressure up to somewhere around 12-15 psi. dont exceed 15 psi. pressure coolant system and look at water pump, radiator and hoses, heater hoses, scan engine.any and all leaks will be revealed.

Posted on Jan 09, 2010

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Coolant leak. Get it serviced.

Posted on Mar 28, 2010

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