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some coolant leak under the engine block need help

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 07:52 PM

so i have been noticing that i have coolant leak buildup under the engine block after i leave a parking spot. i have been checking my radiator fluid and reservoir and its not low at all (hot or cold) but im noticing random pools of radiator fluid?

Could this be water pump? I checked the radiator hoses closest to the radiator both top and bottom they were both fine.

My temp on my odometer never goes higher than midline.

Anyone can chime in on this?

I have a lowered car so its hard to see from underneath and havent had the time to jack the car up since i moved to a new apartment compound recently.

I will try to post pictures later.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 08:36 PM

if you can access a pressure tester it will make the search much easier. only other thing to do is inspect the car after a good drive to try and pinpoint it. only so many places it can come from. is the puddle in a particular spot?

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 11:33 PM

yes its only in one spot front mid to to driver side of the car almost right under the belts. After a good drive and i park it pools but its sporadic. Sometimes it doesnt sometimes it does but im sure its coolant and not h20.

ok pressure tester is that something i can borrow from autozone?>

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 01:15 AM

did you overfill your coolant reservoir by any chance?
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Posted 08 November 2011 - 01:37 AM

^nope its within limits

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 02:04 AM

if its not overflowing from the reservoir, its not a good sign. Check everything again, I'd suggest looking at both the heater hose lines and the line headed towards the throttle body. The heater hose lines are the two lines headed into the passenger side of the car. It should go right through the firewall into the heater core. The throttle body lines are show up on the driver side of the intake manifold/throttle body. There's a mess of hoses there, some vacuum and some coolant.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 08:17 AM

Here's the "weep" hole in the bottom of the water pump. Use a mirror and check it for a leak.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:41 AM

If you arent 100% its even coolant I would get an drip pan and place it under there for a night, pull it out and youll see everything that it leaks. You can get a drip pan from like autozone for some where around 20 bucks.

http://www.amazon.co...7/dp/B0002KNV9K

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:48 AM

View PostSpody02, on 08 November 2011 - 10:41 AM, said:

If you arent 100% its even coolant I would get an drip pan and place it under there for a night, pull it out and youll see everything that it leaks. You can get a drip pan from like autozone for some where around 20 bucks.

http://www.amazon.co...7/dp/B0002KNV9K


I did that once with my truck (s10 extreme)- I had a cracked coolant hose so I put a drip pan under the truck to catch the coolant and try not to kill all the animals and someone stole it from under the truck in the matter of a few hours :suspect:
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Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:57 AM

View Postdc2-2-ap1, on 08 November 2011 - 10:48 AM, said:

View PostSpody02, on 08 November 2011 - 10:41 AM, said:

If you arent 100% its even coolant I would get an drip pan and place it under there for a night, pull it out and youll see everything that it leaks. You can get a drip pan from like autozone for some where around 20 bucks.

http://www.amazon.co...7/dp/B0002KNV9K


I did that once with my truck (s10 extreme)- I had a cracked coolant hose so I put a drip pan under the truck to catch the coolant and try not to kill all the animals and someone stole it from under the truck in the matter of a few hours :suspect:


I did it with my integra when I had coolant leaks, and found out I was leaking oil in 2 different spots too lol

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 04:14 PM

View Postscuderiax8, on 07 November 2011 - 07:52 PM, said:

so i have been noticing that i have coolant leak buildup under the engine block after i leave a parking spot. i have been checking my radiator fluid and reservoir and its not low at all (hot or cold) but im noticing random pools of radiator fluid?

Could this be water pump? I checked the radiator hoses closest to the radiator both top and bottom they were both fine.

My temp on my odometer never goes higher than midline.

Anyone can chime in on this?

I have a lowered car so its hard to see from underneath and havent had the time to jack the car up since i moved to a new apartment compound recently.

I will try to post pictures later.

thanks


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Posted 09 November 2011 - 08:54 AM

Do you have a Hondata intake manifold gasket? If so, it may be time to replace it.

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:13 PM

View Postgernby, on 09 November 2011 - 08:54 AM, said:

Do you have a Hondata intake manifold gasket? If so, it may be time to replace it.

nope all stock never replaced my gasket im at 117k miles though


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Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:15 PM

i will try to re check it again this weekend il jack the car up. I drove the car today an no signs of coolant leak this time i only drove it about 4 miles to run errands.

thanks for all response guys. 'preciate it

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 09:51 AM

Im telling you, get that drip pan. I though my coolant leaks on my integra magically went away til I was on the road and my temps go super hot and i had to pull over 5 minutes to let it cool down. Get the drip pan and just leave there over night and it will tell you right away if you have a leak or not.

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 01:43 AM

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 02:59 PM

Needless to say im took my car to firestone today as i used my car last night after being parked for a week. I noticed that my temp gauge went all the way to H.

Ill keep you guys posted on the diagnosis

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 06:31 PM

I was about to say overheating is inevitable with a leak. I dont understand why you let it get to that point? All it takes is one good overheat to warp the cylinder walls and destroy the engine.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 02:18 AM

they found a leak on the lower radiator hose. they dint have the part in stcok so i just ordered one from honda and going to pick it up tomorrow.
Anybody knows a good shop to install it for a good price. The place i went to today wanted me to pay 70 for parts and 158 for labor(1.6 hours).
So im looking for a shop tomorrow that can install it at a good price

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 03:58 AM

It's a easy install, just remove alternator and maybe intake too, not sure if your stock or whatnot. Take off the old one and put on the new one. Going to have to bleed air from your cooling system most likely though.
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Posted 23 December 2011 - 10:52 PM

I pickedmup my lower hose from the dealer earlier today and installed it. No more leaks. Thanks for the help guys.

Although i still think i need to bleed it since sometimes temp gauge spikes to 4 bars then goes away intermittently.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 11:22 PM

Look for billman's guide for bleeding.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 12:16 AM

Ok ill look it up

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 08:40 AM

You've probably got it figured out by now, but I wanted to mention that you probably don't need to bleed it again. I've always been able to "burp" the air out over a few days with some spirited driving.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 07:34 PM

View Postscuderiax8, on 23 December 2011 - 10:52 PM, said:

Although i still think i need to bleed it since sometimes temp gauge spikes to 4 bars then goes away intermittently.


Ugh...even more overheating. Coolant was not bled properly.

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