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Old 08-25-2005, 10:46 AM   #1
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Default Where is the coolant leak coming from?

I have 2002 WRX, no mods, 60K miles. After long drives, I smell a strong smell of coolant. I had the dealership check the coolant system and found no leaks, but I am sure it is there. Where are common areas that leak?

i have not had coolant flush in 30K miles, and I just added some coolant to the reservoir. Could this have anything to do with it?

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Old 08-25-2005, 10:57 AM   #2
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You might not have a leak, but rather just have the smell. I have this issue to varying degress with both my RS and WRX. The RS was worse because I overfilled the resevior and it would slowly seep out as it heated up.
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Old 08-25-2005, 04:19 PM   #3
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I had this problem, the harder I drove the car the more I could notice it, yet I could never find the leak.

It got worse and worse until one day(after a bout of particularly spirited driving) I noticed big gray plume of smoke coming our from behind the car. I pulled over and smoke started pooring out of the hood scoop.

I thought I had blown the engine so I brought it straight to subaru and it turns out the problem was a spring clip on a coolant hose located in the vacinity of the turbo. When I really got the engine wound up it would spray/drip onto the turbo heat sheild and burn off before i could find the leak.

I replaced the spring clip with new one and no problems since then. Pretty scary though.
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Old 08-25-2005, 04:50 PM   #4
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I'm in the process of fixing this problem right now. Check the coolant line going into the turbo (from the reservoir there is a little almost z/s-shaped line). Mine leaks from there....not enough to see smoke, but I started smelling it one day and noticed a little coolant on my turbo (heatshield is currently off). It may just be the clamp, but if not, you will need to get the tube/line from the dealer. I tried using some regular fuel line, but it kinked up because the way the line needs to run.
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Old 08-25-2005, 05:08 PM   #5
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if you have the stock cap, the spring may get weak after a while.
Or thats what happened to me. Coolant would come past the spring and spill over around the top of the coolant header tank and evaporate off.

caution putting on a 1.3bar cap on a 02wrx, the plastic end tanks on your rad might break because of the pressure exerted.
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