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Old 11-14-2003, 05:39 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Steam from under hood, and excess coolant consumption

OK, for the MOST part everything is running good, albiet a little rough. That should be worked out with a nice utec tune.

HOWEVER...

I am eating up coolant at an alarming rate.. whenever i get out of my car after a drive it smells like coolant. No pools of it are under my car after a drive though. Today pulling in to the parking lot at work i put it in neutral and reved it up to about 3k, upon backing off the throttle i get steam and coolant smell comming up out of the hood scoop.

Where is it leaking? Is it leaking in to my turbo? How can i check?

My car just got out of the garage where i put in a:
VF 29 deadbolt turbo
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sti pinks
fuel pump
catless exhaust
dn performance ss headers with built in up pipe
samco hoses
colder plugs

i only have about 50 miles on the car since i did all this. and half my coolant tank is gone. Its now down inbetween the fill lines. so its still good. I by accident over filled the over flow tank... has it simply been burning off? I dont know much about the cooling system in this car, so any feedback would be nice.

thanks

erik
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Old 11-14-2003, 06:00 PM   #2
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How much coolant is in your radiator? don't forget to wait until it's cooler to check it
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Old 11-14-2003, 08:02 PM   #3
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Erik,
Check to make sure that the coolant inlet hose on top of the turbo isn't being mashed by the intercooler. It might have a slight gash from the corner of the intercooler. I had this problem a while after I installed a VF22. I replaced the hose and slipped a piece of the old hose between the coolant tube and the IC. It's a possiblitly anyways.

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Old 11-15-2003, 04:40 AM   #4
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hey T-rex, that was just what it was. I have one of the speed monkey heat shields and it had cut it just a little bit.

so i fixed that, and no more steam or dripping. but i am still getting a little fluid consumption. See it was at the low line on the overflow bottle, so i filled it up to just a hair over the full line.... i went for a drive for about 30 min, and when i came back it was about half inbetween the full and empty... could this just be the system balancing its self out again?

i am going to keep tabs on it and hopefully it will go away, or i will find whats up... i am not in the mood to treat this thing like a fluid eating junker...
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Old 11-15-2003, 11:36 AM   #5
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Yeah, it could be just leveling things out again. Definitely keep tabs on it, or when it is cool pull the cap off and see if it is all the way full or not. The coolant should come almost all the way up to the bottom of the radiator cap.
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