Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I am leaking antifreeze

asked by on

Over the last couple of weeks I have noticed antifreeze leaking from my car. It does not leak while I am driving, but it will leak if I leave my car sitting for longer periods of time (usually longer than 8 hours). I am wondering how I can pinpoint whether the issue is an old water pump or if it is just some old, leaky tubing. I'd like to note that my water pump was last changed around 75k miles ago.

My car has 195000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi, thanks for your question. I'd be ha...

Hi, thanks for your question. I'd be happy to help.

You can make a note of where you notice the leak, then have a mechanic come to pressurize the cooling system and isolate the leak for you. The water pump or gasket to the thermostat may be the leak. I recommend having it looked at before further damage is caused by overheating the engine.

If you'd like, consider having an expert automotive technician from YourMechanic come to your home or office to inspect and diagnose this issue for you, and make any repairs as needed.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Hazard lights wont turn off 2005 Toyota 4 runner

Hello. It sounds like the switch is bad for the hazards or more commonly it sounds like a relay failure. The circuit would need to be tested with a voltage meter to be able to tell for sure, but it...

Q: Heater broken

Hi there. This is a common problem with the specific vehicle you have. The AC and heater are separate from each other. However, your vehicle is infamous for having a leak in the heater core causing the air not to...

Q: I have issues with my radiator and radiator fan assembly.

You are correct in thinking that the combination of leaking radiator and non-functioning cooling fan is contributing to your overheating issue. Generally, modern radiators are not repairable and will need to be replaced entirely. The cooling fans can also be...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
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...