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Hidden Coolant leak!

I was driving my car home the other day when I looked down and noticed my temp gauge was pegged out. I pulled over, didn't notice any leak so I let it cool, and drove it home slowly stopping often to cool, since I wasn't far from my house. When I got home I checked and there wasn't a drop of coolant so once it cooled I added some and saw it was pouring out the bottom of my car. I Jacked up my car and it's coming down around my oil filter. I thought it was the water pump so I pulled everything to see it and the water pumps completely dry, I haven't pulled it off yet but the pulley or anything is dry. Now I'm sat here stuck on what it could be?? Idk what's in that area that could be leaking coolant, thanks for any help
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Re: Hidden Coolant leak!

What year and model?
What engine?

Have someone pour water in while you look for leaks.......let us know.......

Where are you located? Was it suddenly really cold and the car sat (thinking freezeout plugs on block).?

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Re: Hidden Coolant leak!

It's common for the plastic top of the radiator to form cracks, so try check there.
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Re: Hidden Coolant leak!

Or another common problem, which I had on mine, is the clamp that goes on the bottom hose where it goes into the rad gets rusty and looses it's grip. I just put a new ss clamp on and it solved it
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Re: Hidden Coolant leak!

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What year and model?
What engine?

Have someone pour water in while you look for leaks.......let us know.......

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Will do sorry! It's a 2003 GT and I'm in North Carolina and the weather had actually started warming up when it happened


UPDATE: We moved the ac out of the way and it's hard to explain but there's almost like a weep hole behind the ac that it's coming out of, but it's not the weep hole on the water pump and it's also not the big freeze plug there cause we found that one and it wasn't busted. We had someone come look at it and they said it wasn't the head gasket (THANK GOD) but it is probably some kinda gasket so now we're gonna pull off the water pump and see if that gasket is blown and running down out that hole
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The water pump weep goes through a channel in the block and will exit near the oil filter. Change your water pump and gasket.
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Re: Hidden Coolant leak!

I have a coolant leak problem as well. I'm not sure from where though, I have not seen any puddles under my car or sign of leakage, but for some reason my coolant reservoir goes empty every 2 weeks or so and i just keep adding fluid and looking for leaks. No apparent leaks at all.

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I have a coolant leak problem as well. I'm not sure from where though, I have not seen any puddles under my car or sign of leakage, but for some reason my coolant reservoir goes empty every 2 weeks or so and i just keep adding fluid and looking for leaks. No apparent leaks at all.
Cooling system pressure tester is a good way to check. Everything is cool and makes it safer to bend hose connections and look around for leaks.
The radiator end tanks can age and leak, if you still run the OEM hose spring clamps they can leak (one normal leak is right over the trans under the thermostat), etc.
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Re: Hidden Coolant leak!

Headgasket?
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Cooling system pressure tester is a good way to check. Everything is cool and makes it safer to bend hose connections and look around for leaks.
The radiator end tanks can age and leak, if you still run the OEM hose spring clamps they can leak (one normal leak is right over the trans under the thermostat), etc.
I will look into this, Thank you!

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I too have a similar issue with a leak. It’s hare to see. So, I took a photo. Maybe this will help. Anyone recognize this?

https://photos.app.goo.gl/bBaPUrDYRKmk3Zn38
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I too have a similar issue with a leak. It’s hare to see. So, I took a photo. Maybe this will help. Anyone recognize this?

https://photos.app.goo.gl/bBaPUrDYRKmk3Zn38
Judging by the looks of it, is that the oil filter in the bottom right corner, and the A/C compressor in the top right? If so, it looks like your water pump gasket is leaking like @dmdicks said. Depending on how mechanically-inclined you are, you can try taking off the timing belt covers to see. There are a few DIY threads on here depending on which engine you have.
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Re: Hidden Coolant leak!

Thanks. That's something I am capable of doing. I'll let you know what happens.
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It's common for the plastic top of the radiator to form cracks, so try check there.
What he said. I kept losing coolant with no visible leaks. Finally brought it to the dealer and he found a hairline crack at the top of the radiator--which is plastic. The car was leaking invisible steam. I'll bet you dollars to donuts that is your problem too.
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