Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car has a coolant leak but the engine is not overheating.

asked by on

Yesterday I noticed my coolant reservoir was very low. I added antifreeze to reach the recommended level. My car engine doesn't overheat and hasn't overheated while driving. This morning after driving to work I parked my car. When I returned in the evening there was a small slight greenish puddle underneath the front section of my car. I also smell hot coolant when outside my car after driving. The water pump and manifold gasket were replaced a little over two years ago. Thoughts on what it may be? And any opinions on length of time for getting the issue repaired?

Thanks!

My car has 105674 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: Since you have had the water pump and intak...

Since you have had the water pump and intake gasket replaced in the last two years, I would recommend having the system pressure tested and inspected to see if the radiator is leaking or the water pump is leaking again. A certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, will be able to pressure test the system and diagnose it for causes of the leak and address the eventual overheating of the engine.

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: told by toyota dealership that i should probably add some radiator sealer, my car smells hot after driving.

That's quite amazing that a dealership mechanic recommended using a radiator sealer. I'd recommend against doing this. The sealant is designed to try and fill small cracks inside the radiator core. However, the drawback is that the sealer typically causes...

Q: Weird smell from AC.

There is usually only two causes of this symptom. Inside your dash lies the evaporator for the air conditioning system. This evaporator looks like a small radiator but gets cold instead of hot. Imagine a soda can freshly opened out...

Q: Car is slow to start and then stalls.

The problem will need to be checked to see if you are loosing ignition or fuel to your engine since the most common problems are the fuel pump, engine module and distributor going bad on these engines.

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...