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post #1 of 2 Old Jun 30th, 2006, 3:34 am Thread Starter
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Question Coolant leak question

My 99LT is a bit unwell at the moment. My radiator has a leak in it and needs replacing/repairing. Well, the weird thing is it only leaks once the engine warms up, sending a thin stream of coolant out about 6ft and it stops as soon as I turn the engine off. But, I haven't lost anything in the reservoir as its still full (I topped it up about a week before the radiator started to leak). Now the engine did start to overheat when I was getting it home so I assume that the radiator has lost fluid but why hasn't the coolant level gone down and does it mean there is an additional underlying problem?

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post #2 of 2 Old Jun 30th, 2006, 4:58 am
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The reservoir prolly works on sort of a vacuum, sucking coolant into the radiators when there's a void and spitting it out into the reservoir when over full. A holed radiator won't create said vacuum.

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