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Never thought I'd be glad to find a coolant leak.. #4446817
07/01/17 02:47 PM
07/01/17 02:47 PM
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CapitalTruck Offline OP
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My sister's Cruze started to loose coolant. I couldn't find external leak. I was trying to figure out how to put a new head gasket on, with these variable cam engines it seems like a real peach. Just for kicks I got one of the loaner tools from Advance and pressure tested the system. Found the coolant return line from the turbo leaking. It's going to be a headache, but my god I was glad to see that external leak as opposed to head gasket. I think that when the engine was running the sufaces were so hot that the stuff just burned off. Score one for basket troubleshooting.


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Re: Never thought I'd be glad to find a coolant leak.. [Re: CapitalTruck] #4446825
07/01/17 02:54 PM
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I found my pressure tester to be worth its weight in gold. The last thing I would ever do is start tearing an engine apart that was leaking coolant w/o first locating it with the pressure tester like you did. Smart move!


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Re: Never thought I'd be glad to find a coolant leak.. [Re: CapitalTruck] #4446835
07/01/17 03:03 PM
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CT8 Offline
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a pressure tester is a great tool.


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Re: Never thought I'd be glad to find a coolant leak.. [Re: CapitalTruck] #4446838
07/01/17 03:04 PM
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CT8 Offline
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Originally Posted By: CapitalTruck
Score one for basket troubleshooting.
Always step one.


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Re: Never thought I'd be glad to find a coolant leak.. [Re: CapitalTruck] #4446852
07/01/17 03:16 PM
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I don't know what year your sister's Cruze is but the early Cruzen were notorious coolant leakers. If you look at Cruzetalk.com you'll find there are several areas where coolant can be leaking from (water pump, heater core, surge tank, coolant line from the turbo, head gasket etc...) I hope your prognosis is correct.
I traded in a great running 2011 Cruze because I couldn't take the ODOR of leaking coolant that the dealer was indifferent about....


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Re: Never thought I'd be glad to find a coolant leak.. [Re: CapitalTruck] #4446892
07/01/17 04:27 PM
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Leo99 Offline
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Yes, I wish my rav4 had an external leak. Better than a head gasket leak.

Good luck with the repair.


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Re: Never thought I'd be glad to find a coolant leak.. [Re: CapitalTruck] #4446919
07/01/17 05:07 PM
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Oh my, aren't these the best surprises? Congrats


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Re: Never thought I'd be glad to find a coolant leak.. [Re: PeterPolyol] #4447208
07/02/17 06:48 AM
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Kira Offline
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It doesn't matter that I have no idea what "basket troubleshooting" means but I'm happy you apparently found the leak.

Hate to say this but it's posts like pbm's which reinforce my decision to avoid GM cars forever. He's going to "trade in" a car which likely will make a dealer (a GM dealer?) even more profit.

Shameless to non-existant production QC.

Re: Never thought I'd be glad to find a coolant leak.. [Re: CapitalTruck] #4447566
07/02/17 03:13 PM
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That car is way too new age-wise for a coolant leak. smirk


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