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Old 11-27-2008, 12:06 PM   #1
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Ok so have put about 2000 miles on my car in bout 2 wks. So the problem started on my way back home. I had the oil changed an jiffy lube, the guy that took my $ asked me if I wanted my radiator filled, I told him if its low. So I get on the road and after 800 miles (almost home) I pull into get gas & after the 1st stop light I come to I see somethin coming out from under the hood. Its steam the jacka#* filled my overflow all the way. So I get home after filling my overfill bout 4 times. The next morning my radiator is low and not sure if I shud flush the system and check for leaks or just refill it? Help please not sure of what to do.
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Old 11-27-2008, 02:07 PM   #2
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You made the mistake of going to a Jiffy Lube.

I'd bring it to a dealer and get the coolant replaced with the 10 year coolant, along with getting it checked out for problems.
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Old 11-27-2008, 02:41 PM   #3
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Ok thanx, well the nearest dealership from where I live is 70 miles away. So I might just take it to a buddy of mine that works at a shop tomorrow if it is open. Happy holiday.

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Old 11-27-2008, 07:18 PM   #4
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Ok so I refilled the radiator and then drove it around the block and what do ya know it starts to steam again. It doesn't over heat so I think that I have a leak somewhere but the fluid is clean and it seems to be coming from the left side right at the fan. Or maybe the hose that sweeps to the left from the radiator to the engine. If someone has a suggestion of how to test for a leak and find where it is I would appreciate the help. Tom
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Old 11-27-2008, 08:00 PM   #5
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having coolant pushed out the overflow and then ending up with a low radiator isn't a good sign. Not impossible it is exhaust gas doing that pushing... A leak wouldn't cause the overflow to go over if you filled it up to the level.
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:21 AM   #6
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Well I didn't think it was exhaust gas. I don't think it is, I'm thinkin its more towards a leak cuz the system is pulling from the overflow, its low cuz the fluid is coming out somewhere near the left fan. Thanks for the input, I will keep it in mind. Plan to let it idle with the cap off then when its up to norm operating temp I will put cap on and check where its coming from with a flashlight.
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Old 11-28-2008, 10:29 AM   #7
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Close thread I found the leak in the top radiator hose thanx Tom
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