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1996 Saturn SL2 Question: Why does the thermostat light keep blinking and the coolant keeps running out?

 

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Bobbysox13, Copiague, NY, August 27, 2011, 14:42
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I put a whole bottle of coolant this month because it kept running out of it. I just forgot to mix with water. Did this create the problem?

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    August 27, 2011, 18:29
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    no, you have a leak that needs to be found and repaired before you do internal damage to the motor from overheating.

    Roy

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, August 28, 2011, 20:42
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    Roy is right. 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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