posted on Jan, 4 2009 @ 06:47 PM
Its not overflowing, its leaking from somewhere.
THere can be a number of things going on here.
- Your rad can be craked along the plastic tanks along the side of the unit
- one of your rad hoses or pipes are leaking
- your water pump has began to leak
- your resevoir (if there is one) tank has began to leak
- your heater core has began to leak
- other than your thermostat you have a coolant tempurature sensor attached to your engine that sends the information to your gauge telling you how
hot your engine really is.
** Some models evaporate coolant from their resevoir, this is usually caused by a cap that no longer seals it.
** You cant put JUST coolant in your system, it has to be mixed with distilled water at a 1:1 ratio of coolant to water UNLESS you are buying premixed
coolant (more expensive) otherwise you are ruining your entire cooling system.
Also make sure you are running the recommended type of coolant for your vehicle.
Check for drips and leaks while the vehicle is cooling down about 5-10 mins after you shut it off, this is the best time because the sudden change in
temperature causes it to leak more.
If you are unsure where to check buy a repair manual for your vehicle and it will list the parts and locations of the cooling system and is usually
accompanied by pictures, they usually go for around 20-30 dollars, for example ,