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Hmmm GTV engine coolant...gone!?


My coolant keeps disappearing. I've been topping up the coolant a few times a month since I got my GTV (3L V6). There's no sign of any leak.

Is this normal?

I had to top up this morning as the level was below minimum. I'm baffled.
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Re: GTV engine coolant...gone!?

Check the radiator for damage, if it is leaking you probably won't see any obvious leak as it would evaporate.

I noticed my coolant level dropping since Christmas and dropped into my independent specialist. One quick look and he diagnosed a new radiator required. Pretty obvious when he showed me where to look....
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Re: GTV engine coolant...gone!?

Check the pressure cap - if it isn't sealing and holding then there'll be evaporation when running.
Or it could be head gasket leaking, but check the radiator/hoses cap first.
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Re: GTV engine coolant...gone!?

As said before, radiator and expansion tank carps would be my prime suspects.

Have you checked the dipstick / expansion tank for signs of "mayonaise"?

Does the level drop to a specfic level and then stop or does it continue to dissapear untill you refill it? The reason I ask is my old 2.5 156 used to drop to the min mark on the expansion tank and stop there. I could top it up but after to days it would be back on min and stable at that level.
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Re: GTV engine coolant...gone!?

A specialist must be able to do a pressure test on the system, mine was leaking into the front passenger foot well, it was the small coolant pipe for the heating under the dash board.
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Re: GTV engine coolant...gone!?

Thanks guys. The pressure seems to be fine. I get the 'hiss' of air when taking the cap off. It looks to be the radiator, looked a bit black when I checked underneath for leaks, I also spotted a coolant leak. Looks like it’s back to the garage…again.

Does anyone know what the cost of this could be? I should think it’s fairly expensive.
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