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Old 01-07-2004, 10:47 PM   #1
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Question Coolant all over the radiator... HELP

Like 3 weeks ago i check my coolant, and It was on LOW, so I put some, I went over FULL line ( it was like 2 inches over the line) but I leave it like it was. Today I open the hood and i saw coolant on the radiator, even on the left side of it, on all plastics under the radiator

what can it be? I check and there is a coolant either in the radiator and in that plostic box and it still above the full line

few days ago I was checkin the brakes very hard like few times, is posible that hard stopping, flush over the extra coolant from plastic bottle?

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Old 01-07-2004, 11:18 PM   #2
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Old 01-07-2004, 11:18 PM   #3
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depend on when you check your coolant overflow tank, it could vary in level

let's see if i can get this right. after a drive(reaching operating temp), and turning it off, then checking the level, you'll see that the level has dropped.

however, w/the car running, the tank could be overflow, if the thermostat is closed. this is probably what happened on your car. you had too much coolant for the tank to hold, so it spilled over

some check if this is correct, i usually get this kinda info reverse
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Old 01-07-2004, 11:25 PM   #4
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hmm when I add the coolant the engine was cold, and i went over the full line, and today engine was hot and it was still over the full line but a little les than it was when I was adding the coolant, is it possible that radiator brake or something? I was sceared but I drive the car for like 3 hours today and the water temp didnt change, so maybe it just spilled over, but so much, i got it on the other end of the radiator....
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Old 01-08-2004, 01:44 AM   #5
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I went over FULL line ( it was like 2 inches over the line) but I leave it like it was.
Thats most likely the problem
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Old 01-08-2004, 04:21 PM   #6
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Cooling system hot=more coolant in the overflow tank.
Cooling system cold=less coolant in the overflow tank.

Overfill the overflow tank while the cooling system is cold=mess when the system gets hot.

Also, when you check the next time on the levels and the system is cold, look into the radiator as well just to make sure it is full as well. If it got too low, it is blowing steam into the overflow tank and exceeding it's capacity.
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Old 01-08-2004, 05:17 PM   #7
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Thank You All for all help, I will keep an eye on it for now
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Old 01-08-2004, 07:01 PM   #8
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No problem.

Reply here if things change or you resolve the issue.
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Old 01-19-2004, 10:23 PM   #9
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I just check things with my radiator, and i think there is a leak, on the top between the metal piece and plastic...
did anyone ever got something like that? what should i do? go to the dealer?? i can always try
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Old 01-19-2004, 11:11 PM   #10
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It's very common- side effect of the pressed on plastic endtanks and an aluminum core.


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Old 01-19-2004, 11:14 PM   #11
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so what should i do now? the leak is not so big, I think that i got it for a while, and Im still on full in the plastic tank ,and i also got the coolant in the tank that is on the top of the engine
I think that I will start looking for new radiator.....
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Old 01-20-2004, 08:52 AM   #12
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I had mine replaced under warranty. Leaked from the top part where the metal/plastic was.
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Old 01-20-2004, 01:34 PM   #13
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I just went to the dealer, they saw my TurboXS top mount and they said that the all warranty on my engine is voided.... so I asked how much do u wont for the new radiator, they told me that it will be around 300 + labor, so I think that I will get the PWR radiator ( is it worthed???)

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Old 01-20-2004, 02:56 PM   #14
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I'm sorry to hear that.....do you have your stock tmic? switch it back if possible and go to another dealership to get it fixed. Correct me if i'm wrong but I was told that they can't void ur warranty unless that aftermarket part is the direct cause of the failure of another part.

I took my ecu out and left the tbe on when i went to get it done but it was only a stage 2.
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Old 01-20-2004, 08:46 PM   #15
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I got stage 4 on my car..... and not to many stock parts so i cant do to much.... I asked that guy at the dealer that why my coolong system is voided, i never touch it..... he said all warannty on engine is voided, so i said F... you very much and I went home

I clean the top of the radiator yesterday with big air pressure, and after few hours of driving today i checked it and it was clean on the top, yesterday was extrlemly cold , maybe the leak is only when the temperature is very low, it may be true?

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well mine was starting to leak at the end of summer but got significantly worst when the cold started coming in.

As for the PWR radiator....you should ask people in the factory 2.0L forum with their experiences with it. I kno that there are other aftermarket radiators avail also.
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thank you, i will post on that forum
thank you for ur help
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no prob....i'm just a newbie with some experience
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Peter,

You might want to try this first before buying a new radiator....tighten the clamp to the radiator a little more. I found a couple threads (back then) that this has worked on other wrx's and hasn't leaked while others have had them replaced even after the tighting (like mine). I tried a search for it but I think it was on clubwrx.net that i saw it on. I'll try some more and if i find it i'll pm it to u.


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I will do that, but i saw coolant on the top of it, on the connection and thats may be bad radiator.... im starting gettin use to it that i will spend 400+ on new radiator but if u wont to play, u have to pay

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