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1 GRAND 05-24-2010 12:31 PM

Disappearing Coolant
 
Hey guys. In the last 6 months I have had to fill my coolant tank up twice. I have never noticed a leak, or anything damp on the Jeep. No coolant in the oil, or no leaking through the exhaust. Any ideas on what is happening to the coolant? The only thing I can figure is it is seaping out the waterpump and drying on the warm engine. I can't really smell anything though.

Any help appreciated.

Motteler621 05-24-2010 12:33 PM

Re: Disappearing Coolant
 
probably the waterpump is going bad. They usually only last around 50,000 miles.

1 GRAND 05-24-2010 12:53 PM

Re: Disappearing Coolant
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Motteler621 (Post 212524)
probably the waterpump is going bad. They usually only last around 50,000 miles.

Yea, we had to replace my wifes waterpump at around 55,000 and now my Jeep has 53,000 and I guess it's time.

5.7Unlimited 05-24-2010 01:28 PM

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I had mine replaced under warranty a couple months ago, only 57,000 KM's (35,000 miles) on it at the time.

White Chocolate 05-24-2010 01:39 PM

Re: Disappearing Coolant
 
I had my waterpump replaced at 62,000km

SolarWar 05-27-2010 04:23 AM

Re: Disappearing Coolant
 
i had a beater 96 explorer beofre the jeep and i could fill my coolant resivoir and it would still be dry the next day, and same issue, never noticed any leaks or smoke smells or anything, but as i said it was a beater and i never fixed i guess it was the water pump as well judging by what you guys are saying.

dcjeepgc 05-27-2010 04:31 PM

Re: Disappearing Coolant
 
Likely the water pump but there should be a "cooking" coolant smell from time to time or a small puddle under your front end after the Jeep sits a while....but not always. A cracked cylinder head might be allowing coolant to pass out of the head into the combustion chamber but this would leave a small trail of white smoke behind....especially when the engine is cold.

maxst2 05-27-2010 05:48 PM

Re: Disappearing Coolant
 
Drained coolant lately? Maybe you had some more air in it and as it burps overnight your loosing some? Didn't mention how much was lost>> significant amount?

John_R 05-27-2010 06:12 PM

Re: Disappearing Coolant
 
How's your radiator cap? It's possible if there is not much pressure in the system (if the cap were not sealing), the water part is boiling out (will boil at 212 F sea level ambient pressure) or more specifically evaporating into the air). I would *think* you'd notice some evidence on the underside of the hood though, but who knows.

On my GTO, the radiator was cracked (POS plastic end caps, wtf) and it didn't really show any physical signs of coolant leaking, but my level would get much lower, pretty quickly. After while, I guess it got big enough to start overheating (that and the loss of coolant), so finally figured out what was going on.

Before throwing parts on it, perhaps you can get the cooling system pressure checked? Any leaks will allow the water to evaporate, as I eluded to above...

1 GRAND 05-27-2010 07:29 PM

Re: Disappearing Coolant
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by maxst2 (Post 214101)
Drained coolant lately? Maybe you had some more air in it and as it burps overnight your loosing some? Didn't mention how much was lost>> significant amount?


The Jeep is stock, nothing serviced or drained. Nothing ever replaced. I have had to refill the res. tank twice. It was almost empty both times in a 6 month span.

1 GRAND 05-27-2010 07:31 PM

Re: Disappearing Coolant
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by John_R (Post 214115)
How's your radiator cap? It's possible if there is not much pressure in the system (if the cap were not sealing), the water part is boiling out (will boil at 212 F sea level ambient pressure) or more specifically evaporating into the air). I would *think* you'd notice some evidence on the underside of the hood though, but who knows.

On my GTO, the radiator was cracked (POS plastic end caps, wtf) and it didn't really show any physical signs of coolant leaking, but my level would get much lower, pretty quickly. After while, I guess it got big enough to start overheating (that and the loss of coolant), so finally figured out what was going on.

Before throwing parts on it, perhaps you can get the cooling system pressure checked? Any leaks will allow the water to evaporate, as I eluded to above...



I guess I will schedule a visit to the dealer since I still have warranty on it. If they see no problems then I will try a new cap.

5.7Unlimited 05-27-2010 07:42 PM

Re: Disappearing Coolant
 
1 GRAND, it's def your waterpump, make an appointment with your dealer. warranty rulezz!!


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