Coolant leak..can anyone help a young chick?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Azbenz89, May 1, 2005.

  1. Azbenz89

    Azbenz89 Guest

    Hi im really new to mechanical stuff.
    But i have a coolant leak. It only leaks when the car has been
    moving. Its not alot but its not the smallest amount either. I keep
    having to top up the overfill container (again sorry if these arent
    the right terms or sound stupidly uncomplex). When i look from the
    front of the car it looks like its near the drivers side wheel. Its no
    where in the middle. My brother is a plant mechanic and he thought it
    was just a heater hose and was goin to replace it. But wasnt sure if
    he could because its very different to his falcon, and i think the
    heater hose looks to far away from the leak. Btw my car is a Hyundai
    scoupe oct 92/93 (the first of the 93 model) nd im aussie:D
    If anyone could help me it would be appreciated alot.
    Thanks
     
    Azbenz89, May 1, 2005
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    hyundaitech Guest

    It'll be much easer to find if the car is on a lift. From under the car,
    you can often see the source of the leak. Heater hose junctions with the
    coolant pipes are a frequent source. Also check the water pump. If
    you're looking from the top, you'll probably have the best luck inspecting
    with a telescoping mirror to enable you to see the bottom of the water pump
    snout.
     
    hyundaitech, May 2, 2005
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  3. Azbenz89

    Azbenz89 Guest

    Thanks Hyundaitech
    Bad news.Yesterday when I reversed it the coolant had leaked
    overnight. In a big puddle and I put a towel down afterwards, and a
    couple of hours later it was soaked. I got underneath the car and I
    can see something that a belt runs on and this is where the coolant is
    leaking, its dripping off it. But I cant see anything from the top. I
    suspect a water pump but really I have no knowledge of cars.
    Today or very soon I am getting it checked by a mechanic so i should
    no what it is soon. ....Hopefully
     
    Azbenz89, May 3, 2005
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    Bob Bailin Guest

    That sounds like a leak from the water pump. When you get it replaced,
    your mechanic should also replace the timing belt at the same time, and
    possibly the timing belt tensioner pulley if it's getting worn. Also any
    other drive belts that are worn, since all have to be removed anyways
    to get at the water pump.

    I wouldn't recommend driving the car at this point, because you're losing
    way too much coolant, and you run the risk of overheating the engine.

    Bob
     
    Bob Bailin, May 3, 2005
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    Jody Guest

    sounds like your water pumps gone...
     
    Jody, May 3, 2005
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  6. Azbenz89

    Azbenz89 Guest

    Yep its the water pump, and nah im not driving it. The timing belt was
    replaced in 2001...so it’d be a good idea to get it changed? as well
    as the others??
    Thanks heaps guys :D
     
    Azbenz89, May 4, 2005
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  7. How much mileage have you put on the car since then? The timing belt
    should be changed every 60K miles.

    " as well as the others??

    Can't hurt if they haven't been changed in a while.
     
    Brian Nystrom, May 4, 2005
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  8. Azbenz89

    Azbenz89 Guest

    only 20 000k’s
     
    Azbenz89, May 5, 2005
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    Bob Bailin Guest

    Belts, even timing belts, are fairly cheap, so unless money is a
    real issue and you need to watch every penny, I'd replace it
    because it's been exposed to hot coolant which probably didn't
    damage it, but why take the chance? The other belts can be
    reused, because you'll know when they start to fail, and they're
    very easy to replace when they do.

    Bob
     
    Bob Bailin, May 6, 2005
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  10. Azbenz89

    Azbenz89 Guest

    Ok the Water Pump has been replaced. The mechanic wasnt such a big fan
    of the car afterwards, and i learnt some new swear words :lol:. But
    yeh finally shes running good. It actually seems quieter too which is
    prolbly just me imagining things.. :? But yeh thanks 2 every1 who
    helped me :) "ALOT!"
    Cheers Anna. "You guys all rock! "
     
    Azbenz89, May 6, 2005
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