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Unread 10-18-2011, 06:02 AM
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Hi everyone, first off I have a 2001 Cavalier 2.2L. The temperature got to 3/4 of the way up in drive thru the other night and went down once i got on the road. I parked the car and came inside. I came back out and there was a small puddle of antifreeze under the right front wheel. It looked as though the fluid was leaking from somewhere and dripping off of the oil pan plug. The next day we changed the thermostat and the engine and radiator were completely full of fluid. The overflow bucket was completely empty. After changing the thermostat and putting new fluid in, there is another puddle under the car. There is no white smoke or white residue in the oil. I am lost because I can't see the leak and my mechanic said he can't find it from the pressure test. Any ideas? Thank you.
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Unread 10-18-2011, 06:17 AM
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Unread 10-18-2011, 09:10 AM
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if it only drains when you drive it, for shits and grins you might want to check your reservoir cap. i had an issue with my old 2.2 where the gasket twisted, no idea how, and kept draining my coolant. otherwise, see previous post.
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Unread 10-19-2011, 04:02 AM
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Ok mechanic got back to me today. Looks like my heater core has gone bad. It only leaks when it is sitting. So we ran it and ran it, then turned on the heat. Once the heat turned on it started leaking from the heater hoses. Goodbye $370! I'm starting to get pretty upset with Chevy. I just had the intake manifold gasket replaced on my 2000 malibu 2 weeks ago. Now my cavalier is broken with the same kind of coolant issue. Come on Chevy, get your act together!
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Unread 10-19-2011, 04:03 AM
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Thanks for the help everyone!
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Unread 10-19-2011, 07:49 AM
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the car is 10yrs old and you're upset over a heater core? i'd say thats not too shabby. replace it yourself, don't let a shop rake you over the coals.
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Unread 10-19-2011, 07:54 AM
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^^^X2 and its probably got some miles on her too
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Unread 10-19-2011, 11:06 AM
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I would like to see everyone get there act together.
I have a 49 Ford that hasen't run since 76, an 89 Camaro that runs if I don't let off the gas, not to mention the rust on both.
A 96 Silverado that needs a handfull of small stuff not to mention the oil leaks
I also have an 03 Silverado that needs shocks.
I had an 84 Dodge that I had to put oil in before I had to put gas in.
Had a 68 Dodge I got started, needed an engine, trans, complete wiring harness.
Oh all of these were or are over atleast 145,000
My wifes 05 Cav needs a window motor too. That has 75,000 miles.
You have to be realistic about things.
A brand new car will break! Don't believe me or think I am stupid, why do they have recalls?
It's an old car get used to it or buy a new one with a warranty!
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Unread 10-21-2011, 04:02 AM
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Yea i have beat my cavalier to hell but the malibu only has 90K miles on it. Just replaced the intake manifold gasket which i was told is really terrible on the 2000 malibus. I have dropped $800 cash on both cars in one month for similar issues. I would love to have a new car but these 2 are paid off so no more car payments for me! Thanks everyone.
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