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Leaking Coolant / Broken Pulleys /etc

My troubles started 3 weeks ago when

a) the power steering pulley bracket sheared off. It was replaced.

A week later the power steering pulley itself busted off.

b) it was replaced. as was the water pump.

Coolant is leaking one week later. Going to check the hoses. Start engine, wait to see where leak is coming from. Other suggestions?

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  • bfilas Aug 04, 2008

    That's a good call on the potential radiator damage. I can add another piece to the puzzle now. It seems that when I lose the coolant I seem to lose it all at once. Over the past week I checked the coolant after short drives <10 miles and the level would not change. When I drove it for longer, allowing the engine to heat up a little more (30min-hot temps), that's when I lost the coolant. I'm guessing that maybe the pressure valve is not sealing well? I need to check under the hood after one of these longer drives and see where the coolant is leaking I guess. If I can't figure it out then I think the pressure test is in order. Would there be another explanation for the loss of coolant all at once other than the pressure cap? I guess I would think that other 'leaks' would cause a steady loss rather than all at once. Thanks a bunch.

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Pressure test the system and check for leaks, use a radiator pressure testing tool kit. Sounds like the radiator may have been damaged by the parts breaking and flying about.

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