Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car coolant reservoir tank is leaking what can I do for now until I get another tank

asked by on

Leaking from coolant tank. Smeels like antifreeze

My car has 90057 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The best thing to do is to not drive the vehicle until it can be fixed. If you overheat the engine it could cost thousands in repairs. If you must drive it then determine how fast it leaks and keep the coolant full to prevent the engine from overheating. If you suspect the engine is starting to overheat then pull over and turn off the vehicle and let it cool down before adding more coolant.

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!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • My car coolant reservoir tank is leaking what can I do for now until I get another tank

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: accessories

Hi there: Anytime you're making the decision to install accessories, it's vital for you to purchase and review the service manual put out by the manufacturer. This will guide you to which accessory switches or fuses to use for specific...

Q: Exactly where is my thermostat located?

If you follow the lower radiator hose up toward the engine, that lower hose terminates at the thermostat housing. The housing itself is attached to the engine with three relatively small bolts. If you remove those three bolts and the...

Q: leak near front driver's side, possibly oil, recently purchased used from car dealer; said no issues with car

Most older cars have oil leaks. Sealing technology has just not kept up with mechanical improvements to engines so much so that leaks often kill engines rather than mechanical problems. So, it is not unexpected at all to have an,...

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...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...