My baja has a coolant leak. What does a coolant system test cost? Will it definitely locate the leak. The coolant ultimately leaks from behind the from wheels in approximately the location of the skid plate. It doesn't appear to be from the radiator or its hoses. Could it be from the reservoir? Help
Coolant Leak on 2003 Subaru Baja
by weg1968 in Colorado Springs, CO on December 03, 2009
ANSWER by backyard tech on December 03, 2009
STOP DRIVING THIS BAJA NOW. Unless you want to replace the engine. Whatever it costs to find the coolant leak doesn't matter. UNLESS YOU WANT TO REPLACE THE ENGINE!!
ANSWER by patrick mannion on December 04, 2009
It is easy to damage the head gaskets on these engines. I just did head gaskets on one this week and we see them blow head gaskets leak under the cylinder head gaskets frequently. Pressure testing the cooling system will locate the leak most shops will charge about $60. It iwll locate the leak if is external, radiator, hoses water pump ect.... If you are still experiencing cooling system problems or overheating have a "block check" done it is a quick and inexpensive test to look for the precence of carbon Monoxide in the cooling system which would only be present if the head gaskets are damaged but if you attend to the problem now it is probably only a hose of radiator that has damage.
The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.
The shop has had my vehicle for a month, is this repair that difficult and how much should it cost? The check engine light had been on when I had it checked. The car doesn't even have 90,000 miles...