Spend $60 on coolant leaking check?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by swzhao, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. swzhao

    swzhao Guest

    Hi there,
    My forester 2001 now has an annoying coolant leak. I know the recall
    on head gasket problem so I just did a coolant flush about one and
    half months ago and asked the dealer to add the subaru conditioner.
    However, now it's still same as before. I even wonders whether they
    forgot to add conditioner for me. But another possible cause might be
    the accident I had in Jan. this year. The dealer asked $60 to do a
    check. Is it fair?
    How could I identify the possible cause by myself? There is no
    overheating or abnormal color in engine oil. Maybe it's not a big deal
    if I just put some extra coolant periodly. But if it's caused by the
    infamous head gasket, I believe it's still in the extended warranty.

    What're you guys' suggestions?
    Thank you in advance!
     
    swzhao, Nov 4, 2006
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  2. If you haven't narrowed it down by now(looked above a puddle, or seen
    another obvious signs under the hood somewhere, etc.), I'd that's a fair
    price and probably a good idea.

    Carl
     
    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, Nov 4, 2006
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  3. swzhao

    mulder Guest

    The dealer is presumably quoting you for an hour of labor to diagnose
    the problem, which is standard practice. Once they find it there would
    be additional labor and parts charges for the actual repair.
    What they will probably do is connect a pressure tester to the system,
    which will pressurize it without the engine running and any external
    leaks should then become apparent. If you had access to a pressure
    tester you could do this yourself. Note that if the pressure tester
    shows a pressure drop but there is no obvious visible leak, then
    further diagnosis is needed as it could be an internal engine problem
    (head gasket, cracked head) or leaking heater core. You'd probably
    know if it was the heater core because you'd smell it and the
    windshield would fog up with a slimy film when you used defrost.
     
    mulder, Nov 4, 2006
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  4. swzhao

    swzhao Guest

    Thanks!
    My doubt is whether it's worth or necessary to check since I haven't
    seen overheating or other problems? Any signs I should check? Would it
    cause potential damage if I just ignore it now?
     
    swzhao, Nov 6, 2006
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  5. You mentioned an extended warranty - if there is coolant loss, why would
    you have to pay $60? - is that towards a deductible?
    It's hard to imagine a failure with your symptoms not being covered
    under a warranty. If there is no dripping or puddles under the car -
    even dripping from a rearward postion from 'blowback' under the car, it
    likely is leaving through the combustion chamber. Sometimes, pulling the
    plugs out and comparing will show one with a distinctly different look.
    That cylinder may be blowing out coolant.

    I dunno


    Carl
     
    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, Nov 6, 2006
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