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91 Geo Prizm radiator leaking/spraying coolant

After driving for at least 10 minutes then putting the car in park coolant began to leak and spray out of the radiator onto the engine creating steam. This is my first car and am not too sure what's going on.

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  • bad rad , get a new rad, if cap sprays that is different.ask

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SOURCE: coolant leaking on manifold, steaming.No hose or radiator leak.

i think its going to be the head gasket duto the way its leaking coolant. one of the water jackets maybe i would have it checked to be sure but it sounds like head gasket

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SOURCE: Have a small coolant leak dripping onto transaxle

It could be as simple as a leaking hose, but it may also be a corroded alloy hose fitting nipple.

Get is seen to by a mechanic before it fails completely, causing complete loss of coolant and expensive cooked motor.

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SOURCE: Power streering leak, smoke under hood for 1996 Geo Prizm

Yes , power steering fluid will smoke if it gets on a hot engine, especially on any part of the exhaust system. Barring anything else wrong with the engine such as a coolant leak, and the engine running OK otherwise, I would say that the smoke is from power steering fluid dripping or getting blown on the exhaust by the fan.

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SOURCE: coolant leak on back side of engine. 94 susuki sidekick 4cyl 4x4

The back side of the cylinder head has metal fitting/pipe connected to a hose that goes to the heater system inside the cabin, the hose sometimes cracks off just behind the clamp holding it to the metal fitting/pipe.

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SOURCE: coolant leak and overheating

I had a water leak on my 730i I found it after much trouble.A hairline crack in the plastic thermostat housing which onlly opened up when hot and of course got worse as water level dropped.Hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

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