my car doesn't leak coolant when not running. on 1998 BMW 740iL

my car looses coolant when I drive it. I can drive 3 miles and I need to add coolant. What could be the problem?

by in Eugene, OR on December 09, 2011
1 answer
ANSWER by on December 09, 2011
The coolant leak you are experiencing may require the engine to get up to operating temperature or materials to expand before the leak occurs.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.