I've replaced the bottom radiator hose because it was leaking.I still have to put antifreeze in the resevoir at least once a week or more.It is not overheating.I don't see any leaking or puddles anywhere.
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The hoses could seem ok but have tiny cracks in them that you can't see if they were not replaced. With antifreeze the flange the hose goes on could be rusting from antifreeze and cutting the hose. Cut the end of the hose past the clamp mark if there is enough slack. and put back on. The clamp could either be too tight and cutting the hose on the metal flange or not tight enough. Squeeze the hose and if you see cracking in the hose replace it. Also, if you over fill it it could be a problem or you got a bad radiator. If it is a tiny leak in the radiator you can use radiator stop leak. http://picsbox.biz/key/radiator%20leak%20sealant. Check all the hoses and clamps and make sure the belt on the water pump is ok too. Good luck. They are a great car and worth the effort especially if you havea V6.
prob heater core, roughly 750 to replace, whole dash needs ripped out..unless it is just a hose off at the firewall leading to the heater core or leaking radiator hose..fill the system with clean water and look for leaks, you wont have heat without enough collant in the engine to circulate under 13 psi closed system, check the resevoir for cracks and leaks mine fell apart over years good luck
Hello and welcome to FixYa! A quart will be good. Please make sure that the fluid sits on the max level. Over filling it may lead to spilling which can cause the car to overheat. Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa! Have a good one!
Turn off the engine as soon as you suspect a leak, to prevent the engine from overheating.
Determine which radiator hose is leaking and exactly where the leak is coming from by looking for wetness.
Purchase 1 gallon of antifreeze and the correct replacement radiator hose from your local auto-parts store or dealer. (Radiator hoses are not interchangeable. They come in specific sizes and shapes for your particular car model.)
Wait for the engine to cool down for at least 20 minutes, before beginning any work on the cooling system.
Place a large pan or wide bucket on the ground under the hose to catch the coolant.
Use a screwdriver to loosen the hose clamps at both ends of the hose you are replacing.
Remove the radiator hose by twisting and pulling where it
connects to the radiator and engine. If the hose won't budge, use a
utility knife to cut it off the fittings.
Remove the hose clamps from the old radiator hose and slide them onto the new hose.
Put the new radiator hose on. Spray the inside of the hose
ends with WD-40 if the hose is hard to get on. Tighten the hose clamps.
Refill the radiator and the coolant reservoir with a 50-50 mixture of water and antifreeze.
"Burp the cooling system" by running the engine with the
radiator cap off until the engine warms up. Keep the engine running
until both the upper and lower radiator hoses feel warm (this indicates
that the thermostat is open and the coolant is flowing through the
entire system). Burping the cooling system allows any air bubbles to
escape. Add coolant to the radiator as needed.
Look for leaks. Inspect around the hose clamps for dampness. Tighten the hose clamps if there is any wetness.
Put the radiator cap back on.
Check the coolant level after driving, to ensure there are no leaks
time out! is the hose really leaking or is it the radiator itself? no sense replacing hoses to stop a radiator leak. if it is a hose, there is an upper and a lower. your power steering could be leaking at the rack, or a hose (there are 2, a pressure hose and a return hose), or the pump, or the fluid resevoir. you must be absolutely sure where it is leaking before you buy parts unless you are filthy rich, and if you are, you can adopt me real cheap
possible your radiator tank has a leak in it up high and when you filled it, it simply raised the level to were the leak is at.filling your radiator or overflow absolutly will not damage your radiator.you already had a leak, that is why you had to refill it.
SOUND LIKE RADIATOR HOSES AND RADIATOR.ONLY WAY TO CHECK IS FILL UP RADIATOR WITH COOLANT.CRANK UP CAR UNTIL WARMS UP.LET RADIATOR PRESSURE BUILD UP.THEN TURN OFF CAR.LOOK FOR WATER LEAKS AT RADIATOR HOSES AND AROUND THE RADIATOR.
It might be a leak in the resevoir itself. There is a hose to allow the radiator to "****" new fluid into the radiator - check it first. It should be long enough to "freshen" the connection by cutting off a little bit and using the american style clamp.
first off there should be one or two bolts on side or bottom if there is one remove then it will slide straight up. yes you want to clean it out with a house or in bath tube because it can cause plugs and other problems with new parts. let me know how it goes any more que. get back to me.
(you'll need more anitfreeze)
turn on engine, open radiator cap.
squeeze hoses, bottom one first, to releive pressure/air in your hoses.
Notice the level dropping in the radiator cap hole.
Once you seen the fluid level drop, add more anitfeeze, directly to the hole.
Once hole is filled to the top, replace radiator cap, and drive.