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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Coolant Leaks

I'm tired... tired of chasing down bullshit breaking on the Camaro. Here, long story short, I took some pictures.

It seems, for a while I've had an empty coolant recovery bottle... Yeah, that's right. I have no idea what kind of damage, if any, I may have caused. The thing is, my car is mostly parked outside, and it rains non-stop here. Even if I had been leaking coolant, I would not have noticed it right away. This kind of thing should be sturdy for a good year and a half. It's only been a year since I've owned this car, and it's doing stuff like this. HEART BROKEN!

Eitherway, I went to a local Walmart, bought some Dex-Cool coolant, and filled it up. Then I see drops starting to trickle onto the ground. This is possibly the leak, but to give the benefit of the doubt, I just assumed I may have spilt a bit on the outside. In my HONEST opinion, GM screwed up here. I believe there is an 80% likelihood that there is a leak somewhere I can't find, otherwise how else would you explain an empty reservoir bottle?!

Anyway, my advice? Always double, triple your check your fluids from time to time. You have no idea when you may be running low, or when the fluid needs changing. Since I am still under warranty, I'll drive the car for another week or two, and check my fluid levels. If it goes down too much, something is broken, and I'm not going to spend a dime fixing it, GM will have to keep their reputation in good name here. Oh right, last thing... if you are checking your coolant, make sure you are checking it when the engine has cooled down and on a level surface. Otherwise you might get different readings at different temperatures. Also, NEVER OPEN THE RADIATOR CAP WHEN THE ENGINE IS HOT. You will get scolded!

1 comment:

  1. Man, that sucks. Hopefully its a simple hose replacement and can be fixed pretty easily. Keep us posted!


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