You can purchase an anti-leak sealant for cooling systems at any auto shop for about 5-10$. it usually stops 80% of minor leaks.
Add DIKE in small amounts until the leak stops, usually about a week apart.
It is also best to drain and refill the car system with DISTILLED WATER to start pure and clean.
When the leak gets stopped, then remove a couple gallons and add the anti freeze.
In the meantime, start saving for the major repair that will be needed in less than 18 months.
My '84 Custom Cruiser had two small coolant leaks (radiator & heater core). I put 2 vials of 'ALUMASEAL' into the radiator. It fixed the leaks in ten minutes. Cost: $4. I had no concerns because it is a 20-year old car. When you have a newer vehicle (with more plastic parts), use 'BAR's LEAKS'.
The first thing to do is isolate the problem. Is it coming from the radiator, one of the radiator hoses, one of the heater hoses, the engine, or out from under the dashboard? Once you have answered those questions, you can move to the next step. If it's a hose, replace it (now would be a good time to replace all of them). If it's coming from the radiator, take it out and have it fixed. If it's coming from the engine, pour in some Bars Leak and sell the car. If it's coming from under the dash and your carpet smells like antifreeze, your heater core is shot. This one can be really easy to fix, or really difficult, depends on the car.
IMO, NEVER put a sealant of any kind into a car's radiator or one to fix a oil leak either.The end result will be having to buy another radiator and or water pump because the sealant gums up the shaft that drives the fan inside the pump.Ask yourself,if it plugs a leak,then it's going to plug up everything else. Assuming it's the radiator you'll need a few thing's to do it this way.Either a rubber plug or rags to seal off where the cap goes because you're going to need to pressurize the system.Drain it(taking it out would be alot easier after draining to do this)and fill it with plain water leaving a little room at the very top.Pump in air under pressure(approx 15lbs) and even Stevie Wonder will see where it's leaking.
The best thing is to isolate the problem and fix it. If your lucky it may just be a hose. Avoid stopleaks - they can gum up your radiator and especially your heater core.
You will have to locate the source of the leak before you can fix it. Re-post with your findings.
You have to determine the source of the leak then decide on how to fix it.
depends where the leak is, and how bad it is.
antifreeze leaking into the oil pan
Pressure test system to determine where leak orginates to determine fix
Find source and fix it.
Have cooling system pressure tested to determine origination of leak
by getting a Bars Leakradiator leak at walmart
Replace the thermostat gasket.
Coolant leak, possible heater core. Suggest to have it pressure tested to find leak.
It is possible. However, it will be a temporary fix.
An antifreeze leak.An antifreeze leak.
A part has failed. Find where the leak starts, and fix that part.
You need to have your antifreeze up to par and if it is a leak you are worried about until you get somewhere to have it fixed there are quick fix solutions such as Barr's Leak that you can use it will seal the leak temporarily to get you to where you are going. Do not ever open your radiator cap if your car has been running - only open it when it is cold.
Pretty much going to have to replace it. Because of the pressure involved, there is no easy fix.
I have a 98 Malibu and I know from experience that antifreeze can leak from the intake gasket. It cost me $400 to fix it. At first we thought it was tranny fluid because it was pink, not that! I have Dexcool in my car and that is what was leaking from the intake. Common problem for the 3800 II; GMs` later 3800s have ALUMINUM intakes; I guess they found the problem, yet they didn`t choose to fix the other cars.....bastards...
Remove and clean the petcock. Replace and if it still leaks, replace with a new petcock.
I had a 2000 Lincoln LS and the Antifreeze Reservoir had a rash of heat induced cracks on the side facing the Firewall. The antifreeze would ooze and evaporate without leaving a puddle but a whiff of the smell could be noticed on some occasions. My 2005 LS has some of the same cracks but has not started to leak or ooze antifreeze. Also on my 2005 LS there was an upper hose leak but only with 16 psi or more of pressure.
if the leak is at the thermostat housing, make sure you installed the gasket and that is torque down to specs.(you may try some silicone,not too much)
You will need to replasce the heater core.
i have a 2000 pontiac grand prix that seem to burn alot of antifree
caused by leaking heater core not radiator heater it is under the dash hard ot get to if the leak is not to big use radiator stop leak otherwise fix is going to be big bucks
Blown head gasket.
You need to pressure check the coolant system to determine just what is leaking first and the address that problem..........