Where is the coolant dripping from?
- if it's dripping from the overflow reservoir (jug that holds acts as a reservoir for antifreeze): means there's too much coolant in the reservoir; it should only be filled to the 'full' or 'max' line - not 100% full
- if it's leaking out of a small hole in the water pump, it means the pump seal is gone and the pump needs to be replaced. This is a very common problem in older Celica's
- if it leaking from a hose, tighten it slightly (or replace if cracked)
- if it's leaking from the radiator, get the radiater repaired/replaced: NOTE: there is a drain valve on the bottom of the radiator that you should be able to finger-tighten if it's not completely shut off. Make sure it's snuggly tightenen BY HAND (if you use a tool and tighten it too hard , it'll break)
Overall, the car shouldn't leak antifreeze: Jap motors are more-tightly designed that North Am. cars and if you've got a leak, something is loose, broken or worn out.
Note that if it's just water (have a taste on your fingertip, but don't go overboard!), coming from the rear of the engine compartment, it could just be condensing from the air conditioner. Happens particulalry in hot weather.
Which is perfectly fine and nothing to worry about.
That'll be your coolant, and there could be a number of things causing it... a blown head gasket will do it... a coolant leak where the coolant leaks onto a hot engine block will do it... a faulty radiator cap which opens too easily can cause this.... excess coolant causing the system to overpressurize and have to relive frequently will, as well.
Perhaps the coolant was overfilled. It will expand because of heat or pressure and the excess makes it way to the coolant refill tank. Make sure your coolant doesn't have oil in it. In a worst case scenario you could have a faulty head gasket or engine damage that allows engine oil to seep into the coolant. But if you don't see oil in the coolant, then just drain some off.
The overflow bottle may overflow if: 1. The car is overheating - this means after the coolant in the radiator gets heated up and expands it flows to the reserve bottle but the radiator doesn't cool down to suck back the coolant from the overflow bottle, but just keeps on sending coolant to the bottle. 2. You may have put excess coolant in the bottle - hence heated coolant from the radiator didn't get enough space.
Yes, you can. However, cooling systems on cars made in the last 60 years or so have expansion tanks, so any excess coolant will wind up there. If you overfill the expansion tank, the coolant will simply spill on the ground. This will be harmful to any animal stupid enough to drink it, but it will not hurt your car in any way.
According to the Chilton manual:"If the fluid level is too high, drain off the excess, then check the drained fluid for contamination by coolant. The presence of engine coolant in the automatic transaxle fluid indicates that a failure has occurred in the internal radiator walls that separate the coolant from the transmission fluid."Hope this helps.
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