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Complete coolant leak

My car was making a gurgling noise.
When I turned it off all of the coolant poured out. I have tried pouring water into the system to find the leak, but I can't see it anywhere. There are too many parts in the way. I have tried using the mirror, but still can't find it. I am going to go try and look again. I don't have any experience working on cars. I just got interested in it and really want to try and fix this myself if possible. I know I have my limits though. I'm wondering if the water pump is the problem (because of the gurgling noise). Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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  • nielsenj79 Oct 03, 2009

    Thanks, Since I am new to this I figured it wasn't something I was going to be able to do....eventually though. Anyway, I will probably just bring it to my mechanic and avoid damaging it more. It sounds like it is more complicated than I thought.
    Thanks for your help.
    I think I will start with replacing my break pads or something...which also need to be done. I have researched that. I think I can handle that :)

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Neons have had more than their fair share of head gasket problems and I have seen a few cracked heads as well. If you are losing coolant but have not actually seen coolant leaking from the vehicle then a head gasket is most likely the cause. Watch for puffs or clouds of white smoke coming from the tailpipe, thats a good indication. If it is boiling over, blowing coolant out of the recovery tank, you could have a bad thermostat but before taking action on a "best guess, sight unseen" Internet diagnosis you should really have it checked by a pro, or two.

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