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2002 Buick LeSabre Question: What would keep the coolant resevoir from flowing to the radiator?

 

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Threepedalwillie, Raymond, MS, August 09, 2012, 17:55
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The coolant will only flow to the radiator when I remove the radiator cap. The engine is losing coolant but there is no evidence of a leak in the hoses or the radiator. I suspect the intake manifold or head gasket. The radiator is bone dry after even a short trip to work and back (10 miles). The resevoir remains full until I open the cap on the radiator, then the coolant flows freely.

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  • Answer #1

    August 09, 2012, 22:47
     Master

    Don't drive it .recommend towing it to a reputable shop for proper diagnosis. Sounds like it might be best to see what it's doing first-hand.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13991 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper August 10, 2012, 06:26
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    have the cooling system pressure tested at a good repair shop

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    August 10, 2012, 09:07
     Journeyman

    Ziptie and Global Helper are correct to not dive and have it checked.

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