Adding coolant frequently without a visible leak on Volvo S60

Average mileage: 82,202 (2,000–172,000)
Engines affected: 2.3L 5 Cylinder Turbo, 2.4L 5 Cylinder, 2.4L 5 Cylinder Turbo, 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Turbo, w/o Turbo
7 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2008
27 people reported this problem
12 people shared problem details
I have my 2006 Volvo s60 2.5t AWD serviced at the dealership per the recommended schedule in the Owner's Manual. Recently between the 37,500 and 45,000 mile service I noticed my "Coolant Level Low" light coming on about every 2 months but I park my car in a garage and have never seen any fluid leaking. I add the 50/50 coolant to the full level only to have to add it again in a few weeks. Today at my 45,000 service the Dealership tells me my radiator is cracked, is not repairable and needs to be replaced completely to the tune of $850. Apparently the coolant was leaking out by my exaust and burns off before it hits the ground which is why I never saw a puddle. They say because the radiator is made up of aluminum and plastic, the leak can't be welded because it will melt the plastic and this is a common problem with Volvo radiators. Just want to warn other Volvo owners.
2002 Volvo S60- w/o Turbo10,682
The coolant level goes down every 2nd or 3rd day though I can't see any leaks. I was told that I need repair/replace the head gasket????
2006 Volvo S60- 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo30,000
I believe the problem is systemic...My cracked radiator was replaced and the problem of loosing anti freeze lingers on!
2006 Volvo S60- 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo70,000
Coolant is gone and no leaking. (?)
2002 Volvo S60- 2.4L 5 Cylinder Turbo2,000
interior rattles, dash, console, doors
2002 Volvo S60- 2.4L 5 Cylinder
have to check reservoir or will run dry.
2008 Volvo S60- Turbo
Coolant seems to go down in level, no leak I can see. I just keep adding the 50/50 .
2004 Volvo S60- Turbo120,000
Sometimes no leak visible. Sometimes just a drip. Today, it started spewing out from the right side (looking towards the car from out front) while before the leak seemed to be on the left (passenger side) if it leaked at all.
2004 Volvo S60- 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo168,000
loosing coolant and lots. cant see any visible leak, no smoke out of the exhaust. car just started having a misfire at idle and now check engine light is on. ive added 1.5 gallons in the past 2 days. this is a mystery. only conclusion I have is head gasket maybe making a plug misfire... pulling plugs today
2001 Volvo S60- 2.3L 5 Cylinder Turbo172,000
Got the COOLANT LOW PULL OVER message. Immediately popped the hood to see coolant spewing out from a hose that runs next to the block and into the bottom of the radiator. I waited until the pressure from spewing died down so I can try and feel where the leak is but there seem to be some other cords and/or smaller hoses in the way of seeing.
2004 Volvo S60- Turbo78,000
The slow leak coolant problem resulted in a radiator replacement. took 6 months to diagnose.
2006 Volvo S60- 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo27,000
Odometer 44,500 km. 3 short trips ago warning message "Do not start engine - coolant low". Put in 1 litre of water and scheduled premature major 48,000 km service and tire change. Volvo Service called and advised radiator cracked and requires replacement, and there are some oil leaks. No sign of leaks in my parking stall. Estimates cost: Radiator C$1,000, oil leak parts C$200, labour approx C$600.
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