Should I do anything about small coolant leak

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Jim, Jan 24, 2004.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    There are traces of coolant coming from a head gasket leak according
    to the dealer who inspected the car. I've not yet had to add any
    coolant, the radiator is full and the level in the overflow tank has
    not dropped appreciably. I know there is some risk of clogging with
    the various sealants. So the question is what would you do...or would
    you do nothing at all until/unless the leak starts to require adding

    Jim, Jan 24, 2004
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  2. Hi,

    Personally, I would do nothing if it only requires addition of a tiny
    bit of coolant periodically. My dealer parts guy said a little seepage
    is "normal" and you'll spend far more fixing it than buying some coolant
    and topping off on occasion.

    If you're worried about coolant loss, powdered Aluma-Seal has worked
    well for me. I only start with about a quarter tube, and add more if
    that doesn't do the trick (I think a full tube is good for something
    like 22 qt/20 l.) I haven't had any clogging problems with it that I'm
    aware of.

    Best of luck,

    Rick Courtright, Jan 24, 2004
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  3. I'm looking at same thing on wife's Nissan and taking it in Monday. I can't
    find source but suspect water pump on old car.
    Repair shop said we should not see any leakage. You haven't mentioned age of
    Frank Logullo, Jan 24, 2004
  4. Jim

    Jim Guest

    car is 7 1/2 yrs, 107,000 mi. legacy 2.2 engine

    Jim, Jan 25, 2004
  5. In spite of what dealer told you and other suggestion that it is not a
    problem, my wife insists on taking the Nissan in for repairs ;(
    Frank Logullo, Jan 25, 2004
  6. If any coolant leaks into your oil, it can really affect engine wear,
    especially your bearings. I'd send your oil in for analysis at the next
    change, just to be safe.
    David Reihmer, Jan 27, 2004
  7. Jim


    Oct 2, 2020
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    Between the 4 vehicles I own and 5 different vehicles I frequently drive at work, they all need the coolant and oil topped off once in a while.
    Ignore it, do nothing!
    Jl102284, Oct 3, 2020
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