Car heats up, and seems to run out of water quick without leaking the water. I see the radiator but the only means of filling the radiator is the reservoir tank, and once you fill that one there is no more...
There is no radiator cap, the Lanos has what is called a "sealed cooling system", popular on newer model European cars and most Asian models, even some of the latest US made cars. You can squeeze and release the upper radiator hose repeatedly to "pump" some of the air out/water in.
The engine has to be leaking water somewhere. It could be a small leak that only leaks under pressure (when the car is hot) and the water is evaporating as fast as it leaks out. This kind of leak can be very hard to find! I had this problem on my daughter's 2001 Lanos until today, when I found the leak. A heater hose burst today while she was getting gas, luckily the car was stopped! It had been using about a tank full of water every month (about one quart or liter), but could find no leak. I suspected a leaking head gasket or cracked (which could be your problem), and was preparing to take the head off when she was on Christmas break from college. I'm glad that hose burts!
A leaking head gasket or cracked head is hard to detect. Most of the time there will only be a small leak when the engine is hot, and the small amount of water pulled into a cylinder is vaporised as the engine runs. There will be no water in the oil unless there is a large leak. Pull the oil dip stick and look under the oil fill cap. If there is a tan looking substance on either one there is water in the oil and you definitely have a cracked head or leaking head gasket. If it's just the gasket you're lucky -- the gasket will usually only leak if the engine has been run very hot (boiling over and then run a bit), and then the head will either crack or warp. A warped head can be repaired, but must be taken to a machine shop for repair. A machine shop can also check a head for cracks, as the cracks are usually too small to see, and usually only open and leak when the head is hot (normal engine operating temperature).
Sep 19, 2008 |
2001 Daewoo Lanos