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My car is losing water up to a quart for a few 12 mile trips.
cause is ?

(1995 Pontiac Bonneville)
in Knoxville, TN on October 08, 2011
radiator is not leaking. not leaking when parked. there is some leakage signs beside motor on the belt side. does not get hot as long as I fill up every trip or two. Antifreeze is getting diluted and expensive. My assumption is a water pump? but what else could it be? I do not want to use stop leak.
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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. Stop leak won't fix a leaking water pump seal as it is rotational.
on October 09, 2011
Interesting. Can a small shop to this or do I have to pay for the dealer to do?
I looked and found one place where there is evidence of leaking - on the engine side under the belts. Any idea what that means?
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