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I have a 03 saturn ion and the raditor coolent keep going down what should I do

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    Sean Piquet Mar 17, 2011

    There are no cheap solutions.

    1. You need to have the cooling system professionally checked for external leaks, such as a crack or split in the radiator, a leaking flexible hose, a failing water pump gasket or even a faulty /worn radiator cap that is allowing coolant to escape etc. etc.

    2. If there are no external leaks then the radiator coolant and engine oil need to be inspected for cross contamination, ie. coolant in the oil or oil in the coolant or both. If this is evident coolant will be lost by flowing under pressure into the engine's lubrication system as a result of a blown head gasket or cracks in the head or both. (Blown head gaskets and head damage are usually caused by running the engine when overheated due to a problem with the engine's cooling system or allowing coolant to drop to a low level in the system).

    You need to have this checked out immediately. Running your vehicle when it is losing coolant will allow the engine to overheat and this will result in expensive engine damage.

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Look for loose clamps on hoses ,make sure that the resoiver cap is on the lid look for any pin holes on radiator and hoses

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