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Old 11-24-06, 05:32 PM
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coolant leak after coolant leak

i had a huge coolant leak 3 days ago. a coolant pipe behind the water pump had burst. drove the car for maybe like 6 miles after the fix, and the coolant siren went off again. once again, the car has developed a leak through another pipe somewhere. the severity of the leak isnt as big, but the car is still undriveable.

all this happened after i tipped off the oil level in the car. although the oil level after the two leaks is still at the "F" mark, I am scared that my O Rings are gone, and because of that the coolant system has too much pressure in it. even if i fix this coolant leak, another one will emerge shortly after that.

is that correct analysis? if not, can someone tell me what the causes might be.

i would appreciate.

btw: i have a 93' FD with 86K miles on it.
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Um, maybe you just need to go through and replace all the hoses? Are they original?
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You need to find the source of the coolant leak and not assume o-ring damage. I'd check the plastic overflow tank first because it's notorious for cracking. Then check the upper and lower hoses and the overflow hose as well. If that doesn't do it you should replace the radiator cap.

By the way, before you go through the aggravation of diagnosing the leak you may want to borrow a coolant leak tester from your local auto parts store. The tester pressurizes the coolant system allowing the user to find leaks.

Good luck!
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hmmm, i might have to purchase one of those coolent system tester then....didnt know they were available over the counter . im in the uk, but roughly, how much are they in the states?

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Old 11-25-06, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by rynberg
Um, maybe you just need to go through and replace all the hoses? Are they original?
yes, they are all original. how much money should a mechanic charge for changing all the hoses?
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Originally Posted by mrcyclist
You need to find the source of the coolant leak and not assume o-ring damage. I'd check the plastic overflow tank first because it's notorious for cracking. Then check the upper and lower hoses and the overflow hose as well. If that doesn't do it you should replace the radiator cap.

By the way, before you go through the aggravation of diagnosing the leak you may want to borrow a coolant leak tester from your local auto parts store. The tester pressurizes the coolant system allowing the user to find leaks.

Good luck!
what are the symptoms of o-ring damange/failure?
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Nothing, if you do it yourself. Which is a good way to learn about the car.
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Sick 13 year bump for an opinion my man.
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