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2002 Cadillac DeVille Question: i replaced the alternator and all the coolant leaked out one day after

 

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Visitor, Camden, SC, August 13, 2011, 17:19

car ran fine one day after alternater was replaced all the coolant leaked out the side of the engine

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, August 13, 2011, 19:55
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    Don't drive the car with a coolant loss problem as serious engine over heating problems will occur.Any thing could have got disturbed during alternator replacement. 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. If the coolant loss is still evasive dye can be added to the cooling system that may indicate the source of the leak. A mysterious coolant loss may even be a sign of a head gasket that is not sealing well.

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