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1997 Audi A4 Quattro Question: Coolant Leak

 

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monty22, 2.8L V6, Fort Collins, CO, September 26, 2010, 08:00
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I have 138,000 miles and it was time to flush the coolant. I had it done at a Brakes Plus and now the coolant light has been coming on. I've been having to add coolant every couple weeks. The guys there told me they weren't familiar with Audis and that it was inevitable. They told me to take it to an Audi specialist and before I spend any more money some advice or previous experience would help! It seems weird that it's leaking now that they flushed it. Thanks!

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, September 26, 2010, 12:18
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    I have seen the plastic housings and expansion tank leak. The way an automotive shop would locate the leak is by removing the radiator cap and attaching an adapter that screws on in place of the radiator cap. Something that looks like a bicycle pump with a pressure gauge attached to it is used to "pump up" pressure to simulate pressure generated when the cooling system is at operating temperature, the leak is then found sometimes it is obviously leaking from a coolant hose or cracked housing, failed gasket or water pump, sometimes the engines cooling system needs to be inspected from below or inspected using a mirror and flash light.

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    Visitor, September 26, 2010, 18:35

    Thanks man! But I'm wondering if this is common for just having the coolant system flushed. I'm wondering if it's something they did or something that can happen from doing this preventative maintenance. I can do that check myself rather than taking it to a shop but I'm wondering if they messed something up. Thanks again!

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    Loveland Tire and Service (18 Answers) , Loveland, CO - (970) 737-4336
    LTS September 27, 2010, 13:50
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    Most modern methods of coolant "flushing" are non intrusive and don't require cutting hoses as was done in the past, but it would depend on the equipment, the shop, and the person performing the service. Just the removing of sediment and maybe some sealers (while flushing) that were in the cooling system can "reveal" leaks. Some manufacturers that have factory installed coolant sealer recommend that a sealer be put back in the cooling system after a flush to prevent leaks. Bottom line is it depends on where the leak is as to what may have caused it.

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