Q: Coolant leak.

asked by on December 08, 2016

(Cold morning) While driving my (03 xterra)heard a pop then had coolant steaming from under hood. Pulled over raised hood saw steam coming from under upper phliniam manifold (3.3L engine) saw large amount of coolant trailing from the street to where I stopped. Checked radiator saw no fuid Put half gallon 50/50 coolant in radiator (all I had available) made it home (2.9 Miles) car never ran hot but steam continued to come from under manifold... What could this be?

My car has 180000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Coolant is leaking Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

There are a coupe up hoses that run behind the intake manifolds that are very common leak points. These hoses allow the coolant to flow inside the vehicle so the passengers can have heat. Consider hiring an experienced technician like one from YourMechanic who can come out and take a closer look at the coolant leak for a detailed estimate on the repairs.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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

What others are asking

What would cause brand new O2 sensors to give codes 172, 173, 176, and 177, rich and lean conditions, both sides at the same time?

When it comes to across-the-board codes being set such as this, it is usually a result of something "upstream" creating the condition to set all these codes. For instance, it is rare for both O2 sensors to fail at exactly...

Car started smoking and oil leaked out

If you heard a noise, and all of your oil has leaked out, I suspect that you may have possibly suffered serious engine damage. I would stop driving the vehicle, and immediately have it inspected by a professional technician, such...

Truck leaking oil after adding product.

The oil additive is supposed to cover any mechanical part the product touches excluding seals unless they need replaced with a covered part. This means your seals by themselves are not covered. The oil pressure gauge reading H all the...

Can I swap a motor of a 1997 2.2 long block Cavalier to a 2003 Chevrolet S10 2.2

The two motors are from two different years and one is a car and other a truck motor. The two motors have different specifications for compression and camshafts internally. You will also have different external problems with sensors, fuel injection...

I have code c1223 in the car i have problem in the brake and the ABS light or VSC is not alarming in the dash.

Hi there. Unfortunately when you get this code on this vehicle it is due to an internal malfunction of the ABS unit. In some cases it can be a bad connection or a power supply problem so those should be...

Cylinder 3 misfires.

Hi there. From the description you have provided, a lot has been done to overcome your vehicle's engine misfire issue. Due to the many possibilities, that can cause a cylinder misfire (ie; spark plug, ignition coil, fuel injector, vacuum leak,...

Swooshing noise when braking

Brake noises are pretty common. Worn pads can make a rotational scraping noise while driving if the wear indicators are contacting the rotors. The noise will most likely be worse while braking. Performing a visual inspection of your braking system...

Coolant seems to disappear

If this "just started", it may be that there was trapped air in the system, since you did the water pump replacement, and so all you are doing is providing make up coolant at the moment. But, if the coolant...

Service Engine Light is on

This indicator is part of the onboard diagnostics (OBD-II) system, and in all cases, it indicates a problem with your emissions system. Basically, it is an emissions monitoring system. A Check Engine indictor will stay solid or blink. If the...

Related articles

Is It Safe to Drive With a Diesel Leak?
While While diesel engines aren’t as popular in the US as they are in the UK and Europe, they do have their adherents, most notably in the heavy-duty truck sector. Diesel systems are very different from their gasoline counterparts, and...
Is It Safe to Drive With a Diesel Leak?
While While diesel engines aren’t as popular in the US as they are in the UK and Europe, they do have their adherents, most notably in the heavy-duty truck sector. Diesel systems are very different from their gasoline counterparts, and...
How Serious Is It When a Hose Is Leaking?
A leaking hose in your car could indicate different problems. Some leaking hoses are more serious than others, but all should be checked and repaired.