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I am heating the coolant and hissing it out when I park, but the temp gauge runs to operating temp and floats only minutely. Thermostat is changed this week.

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  • rhirsch Oct 08, 2009

    Arriving at work (8 mile ride) the coolant is hot, steaming, hissing
    and dripping on the ground. The gauge in the truck has been at normal operating temperature, having only moved slightly and back to normal. When I have drained the radiator there is almost 5 quarts that fills the pan. That surprised me that there was that much left in the radiator. Is it overheating or does it have a small leak I haven't found yet?

  • rhirsch Oct 13, 2009

    The radiator shop tells me the left tank is cracked. That is the side with the drain plug. Says it is common, and I should only get 4 or 5 years out of them. It is not too expensive to repair.
    Roger

  • Adam Nemmers May 11, 2010

    Can you rephrase this question? What do you mean you are heating the coolant and hissing it out when you park???

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I have not finished with this problem. I believe my leak is not overheating, though. I may be misled by the spillage and hissing. Since the operating temp is normal, the only issue may be a radiator leak.
Is that rational??
Roger

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