coolant leak???

dannyjb

Registered User
just noticed a couple of times, (not all the time) a small damp patch on the floor under the front left of my car (under bumper) seems to be coolant but the levels never dropped?

is there a common fault with this? or is it my radiator? not had chance to get it looked at yet as if its a easy diy ill do it myself..


Thanks :)
 

dannyjb

Registered User
i thought that but when ive touched it, it smells like coolant :/
 

dannyjb

Registered User
i put a piece of a4 paper under neath where it is and its deffinately coolant... thanks ill give this a try :icon_thumright:
 

Willf

Registered User
Please dont use k-seal or rad weld or similar -at best this is just masking a problem - at worst it can build up and clog areas of your coolant system - in short, its a bodge!

Locate the source of the leak and fix it. I once had a Vauxhall Combo dieasel van that had been 'treated' and it had completely blocked the thermostat and ended up craking the head!

I know thats a bit extreme, but for the sake of an hour's investigation - I would prefer not to risk it!
 

stu_m

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Just because the level doesn't look as though its dropped it doesn't mean its not coolant

All you need is a few drops and it will look bigger then it actually is and a few drops wont be a noticeable difference in the level

I'm guessing its only leaking when hot and under pressure? it could be a seal in the hose connections that's on its way out
 

dannyjb

Registered User
well where it looks to be coming from is the bottom left of the radiator, looks like theres a black plastic pipe there im going to check it out next week in work, take under guard off and see what i can find... and thanks for that willf :icon_thumright:
 
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