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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-11-19, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Coolant leak

I have a 2000 Windstar in which I replaced the coolant reservoir about 1 1/2 yrs ago due to a crack.

I normally check my fluids every 2-3 weeks, old car, high mileage.

Last night I come home and the coolant is pouring out, car is burning hot and smells like it as well. There is a steady leak coming from the bottom of the tank, I check the hoses as best I can and they are dry, so I'm thinking a crack.

So this morning there was about 2 inches of fluid in the tank, I check the oil, empty. I fill it with what I have and it's just on the minimum line, top off the coolant and take my kid to work, she just started yesterday, too far to walk, and there was no one else to take her, about a 10 minute round trip ride so I risk it.

We get there and nothings leaking, I get home and there's a drip. I just checked it now and the tank is full.

I'm not driving it until I bring it in.

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Your best bet is to jump in there and check everything. Or you can have a shop pressure test the cooling system if there is close enough.

Does the cap look like its been leaking?


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Re: Coolant leak

The caps not leaking, the only wetness I can feel is under it, where it was leaking. I felt every side of it I could reach. There is condensation in the tank, but there usually is.



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Does the cap look like its been leaking?


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So this one is cracked too? That would lead to lower pressure in the cooling system allowing water to boil which could cause an overheating issue. That would also explain the condensation. The issue now is why does it keep cracking.


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Check / test your thermostat . If it hasn't failed and caused overheating it will probably be damaged now . You could always run without a thermostat as a temp measure to check . The wet on tank MAY just be from overheating so don't limit where you check for leaks . Check engine and all cooling system .Pressure testing cooling system usually shows external leaks and if needed a block test will check head / gasket leaking and creating build up of pressure showing in header tank leaking and water loss. Oil loss is a worry but the excessive temp thinning the oil wouldn't help . Operate heater and see if working o.k and let coolant fully circulate , then check level again when cold .If needed though not normally , bleed coolant system if still having problems .

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Re: Coolant leak

When I checked the tank yesterday it was cold, it was dry all around except the area where it was leaking from. This is starting to sound like something way more complicated than the tank leaking, and way too expensive. I've no real way of testing anything. What I was able to do was check the upper hose for temp, after about 4 minutes it got warm, like body temp, after another 5, it got hot, but not burning. I turned on the heat, I expected it to have been hotter in this weather, but it wasn't, it was mostly warm, and I had to have my hand close to it to feel that, but I think it always did that, the more you drove, the hotter it got. Oh, after I turned off the car there was a drop of cool coolant in the spot where I think the leak is, nothing else came out. Takes days to get an appointment with a mechanic, so I guess I'm just SOL.


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Check / test your thermostat . If it hasn't failed and caused overheating it will probably be damaged now . You could always run without a thermostat as a temp measure to check . The wet on tank MAY just be from overheating so don't limit where you check for leaks . Check engine and all cooling system .Pressure testing cooling system usually shows external leaks and if needed a block test will check head / gasket leaking and creating build up of pressure showing in header tank leaking and water loss. Oil loss is a worry but the excessive temp thinning the oil wouldn't help . Operate heater and see if working o.k and let coolant fully circulate , then check level again when cold .If needed though not normally , bleed coolant system if still having problems .
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I got it fixed today, the mechanic said he checked everything, but the head gasket, and it was just a faulty reservoir, it was replaced on warranty.

However, he got antifreeze on the belt and then tried to rinse it off, the chirping is so embarrassingly loud.

It's a new belt, but I feel like I need to replace it now lest it cause damage, but am having a hard time wanting to bring it up to him, he has tried to help me in the past.
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If he really wants to help you out he will agree with you and replace the belt. You arent asking for much just a $10 belt.


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It'll be a minimum of $65 to have a belt replaced, the cheapest belt is $27, plus labor. I know that it's his responsibility.


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Im sorry but charging labor on a belt install, thats a little rediculous. I know he needs to make money but since hes been working with you and Im assuming knows how much trouble this van has given you, youd think he’d waive the labor for a belt install at the very least.


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