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2007 Vibe coolant smell #5358436 02/23/20 09:36 PM
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I have a 2007 Pontiac Vibe, 1.8 L, auto. 110K miles. Been using the car to teach wife parrallel parking. When it heats up, I can smell coolant. It's a very faint whiff of it and I am not losing much if any coolant. Like over a year, maybe an ounce. I cannot detect the smell inside the cabin but standing outside, I can however, if I lift the hood, the smell quick dissipates.

Could the reservoir leak vapor and cause this? Would a new radiator cap help? Any ideas? No leaks on the ground and minimal loss of coolant over a year.....

Re: 2007 Vibe coolant smell [Re: philipp10] #5358445 02/23/20 09:43 PM
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radiator caps do go bad, and they're not a lot of money, but if you do replace it, get an OE cap smile

Does the car overheat?

Re: 2007 Vibe coolant smell [Re: philipp10] #5358453 02/23/20 09:49 PM
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If it has a coolant recovery tank, that's probably the smell. My new 17' Jeep Wrangler was doing the same thing. I learned to ignore it.


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Re: 2007 Vibe coolant smell [Re: slacktide_bitog] #5358469 02/23/20 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by slacktide_bitog
radiator caps do go bad, and they're not a lot of money, but if you do replace it, get an OE cap smile

Does the car overheat?

no overheating

Re: 2007 Vibe coolant smell [Re: philipp10] #5358472 02/23/20 10:02 PM
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The wife complains it gives her a headache but it may be all the idling around the CO.

Re: 2007 Vibe coolant smell [Re: philipp10] #5358614 02/24/20 06:25 AM
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My 2006 vibe has it every now and then. Look at the radiator. If I look down from the engine bay, mine has some crusted engine coolant on the fins. It's "leaking" I suppose but I very seldom top it up and it's not dripping so I just monitor every oci.

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Re: 2007 Vibe coolant smell [Re: philipp10] #5358620 02/24/20 06:32 AM
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Watch the water pump weep hole, the 1.8s are known for seeping SLLC out of the hole. My mom's '06 1.8 Matrix does it occasionally and then suddenly stops again.


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If you aren't loosing any coolant (1oz in a year is none) then I wouldn't sweat it.


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