Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Coolant loss

asked by on

My truck is losing coolant at first it was just that i had to fill the reservoir once every few months but its gradually gotten worse, I've had to fill it twice this week, i think it is my water pump gasket but i am not 100% sure. I checked underneath the truck and there is an orange fluid on the skid plate but i never have a puddle under my truck and my truck has never over heated or smoked which is why i think it is the water pump gasket. I looked up some stuff online and it is in a the area that is said to be where a water pump gasket would leak, i am just wondering if any of these issues i have described sound like a water pump gasket to you, i would be fine with replacing the whole water pump as well, but i am just trying to figure out if this is the problem or if it is something worse like the intake gasket or the head gaskets. Thanks

My car has 162700 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My truck won't shift out of first gear.

This may be a sign of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission...

Q: Van overheated, leaked, engine shut off

Hi there. This could be a variety of things related to the cooling system for your 1995 Toyota Previa. Since you just replaced the thermostat, we can theoretically rule this out. You may also want to check the coolant fan...

Q: Oil light on and dinging sound, oil is a quart low, engine running good

If you can, then top off the oil from being low. If the light does not go out, then see if you hear any abnormal engine noise. If the engine is making a rattling or any other abnormal noise then...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...