Coolant Leaking Bad after Coolant Change. Help!
The other day I was bored, and decided that I should change my coolant because I think all that was in there was water after occasional top ups with plain water during the past 6-8 months.
Neway, I undid the hose at the bottom left of the radiator (if your looking from the front of the car), let all the old coolant/water out, then I put the hose back on. Filled up the coolant reservoir with 5 litres of concentrate coolant, and then the rest with water from the tap (i'm living in VIC, and have heard that the water down here is of satisfactory quality to use as coolant water). Ok, turned on the engine, filled the tank up as the engine warmed, then when the engine was warm, pumped the accelerator a few times then filled the coolant tank more. Refitted the cap, and thought I was finished..
Neway, after a few days, i'm cruising down the road, and get the low coolant warning on the dash. Look in the coolant reservoir and it's half empty already! Fill it up with water. The next day, I check the ground underneath to see if it leaked, and saw a small leak from under the bolt of the radiator tank (left hand side). And there was also a major leak from the back right of the engine bay (according to the position of the puddle on the ground). If i fill it up at night, all the water is gone by the morning!
Why the hell is my cooling system f(#*ing up just because I changed the damn coolant?! This car is giving me the shits. I've had it for 6 months after my parents gave it too me, and this is the problems that I've had to put up with so far..
-Steering cracks when I turn the steering wheel
-Lost all steering because the pulley seized, which snapped my power steering belt.
-noisy lhs front suspension. Every little bump I go over makes my suspension creak like an old bomb.
-lifters are noisy everytime i start up
-car stalls in the morning if I don't press the accelerator straight after start up
-brake lights stuffed up, had to change wiring and rear harness
-at least one brake caliper has seized.
I want to sell it, but my parents won't let me because they reckon that with the money I get for the car, I won't get anything better. Bullshit i reckon. I tell my g/f, and all she can say is, "the better the devil you know" <-- whatever that means.. lol
Neway, If you can help me diagnose the reasons why i've got these problems (especially the damn cooling system) i'd be really grateful!