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Old 01-20-2005, 06:08 AM   #1
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Unhappy Radiator leak?

Ok, so I had some work done on my car afterwards I smelled antifreeze. I thought that it was just some spillage and that maybe the case, but when I turned on the heater the smell was so strong that It made my eyes water . I took the car back and no leak was found. I took the car to the dealer "Pressure test" and not leak was found. I don't drive the car much but I can still smell the antifreeze not as strong but the smell is still there . If antifreeze had spilled in the engine compartment can it be trapped somewhere if so where ? thanks
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Old 01-20-2005, 09:22 AM   #2
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the radiator leakage issue was seen mostly in the '02 wrx, which doesn't seem to apply to you. and if you do have a leak, it's usually at the plastic end tank. so check the sides of your radiator

what exactly did you have done? and yes, there are gullies and nooks which will allow for a nice little pool to build in your engine bay.

check to see if you have any white residue on any of the hoses, esp the radiator hoses.

else, take it to the dealership.
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Old 01-20-2005, 06:41 PM   #3
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Whoever did 'the work' likely spilled coolant on the passengers side head and on top of the block, and that has pooled and is sloshing around getting on the exhaust and heating up and stinking and all that..... rinse off the top of the engine well, weather permitting, and see if that helps
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Old 01-21-2005, 01:32 AM   #4
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Whoever did 'the work' likely spilled coolant on the passengers side head and on top of the block, and that has pooled and is sloshing around getting on the exhaust and heating up and stinking and all that..... rinse off the top of the engine well, weather permitting, and see if that helps
OK thanks I'll try that
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Old 01-21-2005, 01:33 AM   #5
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the radiator leakage issue was seen mostly in the '02 wrx, which doesn't seem to apply to you. and if you do have a leak, it's usually at the plastic end tank. so check the sides of your radiator

what exactly did you have done? and yes, there are gullies and nooks which will allow for a nice little pool to build in your engine bay.

check to see if you have any white residue on any of the hoses, esp the radiator hoses.

else, take it to the dealership.
Done that, the dealership.
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Old 01-24-2005, 02:32 PM   #6
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Update problem solved,washed and rinsed the engine and compartment zoomed up the FWY smell is gone.
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Old 01-27-2005, 06:10 PM   #7
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the radiator leakage issue was seen mostly in the '02 wrx, which doesn't seem to apply to you. and if you do have a leak, it's usually at the plastic end tank. so check the sides of your radiator

what exactly did you have done? and yes, there are gullies and nooks which will allow for a nice little pool to build in your engine bay.

check to see if you have any white residue on any of the hoses, esp the radiator hoses.

else, take it to the dealership.

Mine looks like "sweat" coming from the top of my radiator. Does anyone have a link to a pic or pdf of the tsb? How serious is this in the short term?
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Old 01-27-2005, 10:36 PM   #8
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Mine looks like "sweat" coming from the top of my radiator. Does anyone have a link to a pic or pdf of the tsb? How serious is this in the short term?

Not at all unless you let the coolant get low and it overheats.
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