Check the hoses and around the clamps to see if it is possibly leaking from there. Radiator sealer works fine on small leaks.If all else looks good you are on the way to have your rad repaired.(also check around the water pump,when they go they leak bad!!) if the sealant doesn't work and you can see where the leak is coming from, then remove the radiator, if necessary, drain it. you then need to clean the area where the leak is with a wire brush and alcohol. then get a small plumbers torch and some resin core solder and seal the leak. if that doesn't work you may have to have it recored or buy another one.
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then you should have your radiator flushed because you have rust in it. FYI: antifreeze can strip the paint off of your it you spill it. Also, you may need to replace your radiator if the antifreeze is leaking, it may be through a rusted/corroded portion of the radiator.
No. All antifreeze types are not priced on quality but brand name. This should not have any bearing on your radiator leaking.
You don't put water in your radiator, you put antifreeze.
there is an antifreeze overflow tank, look on the radiator next to the radiator cap and there should be a smallish hose, follow it and you will find the tank.
Should be a plug at the bottom or rear of the radiator
You should always use a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water.
Whenever it needs it.
It is no longer necessary to add just water to a radiator in newer cars like the 2005 Malibu. An antifreeze that is half water and half antifreeze is usually best. Add the 50/50 antifreeze to the radiator overflow tank. It should be a plastic, see through tank hooked to the radiator.
A bad radiator is a radiator that is leaking or clogged. If you are loosing coolant then you have a leak that should be easy to find if the leak is at the radiator. If it is clogged your engine will overheat.
if you have an automatic transmission there should be cooling lines going to the radiator to cool the transmission fluid the lines could be leaking or the tank could be leaking
Is there white smoke coming out of the exhaust? If so, you might have coolant leaking into the engine compartment. Check your oil's consistency.
Use a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water and fill SLOWLY to prevent an airlock through the top of the radiator
The mix should be about 50-50, at least.
Are you sure that isn't antifreeze and if so that would indicate the radiator is defective. There is a transmission oil cooler in the radiator.
there should be a drain cock on the bottom of the radiator not positive on what side but it will be on the bottom corner motor side of the radiator
You should replace it the radiator to play it safe because theres a good chance that it may be leaking or will leaking but check with your dealer or autoshop.
If it is leaking through the crack next to the soft/hard top just put some sealant there and it should be fine.
Bring your vehicle to a garage is what I would do so you can let it thaw and refill it with antifreeze because there must be water in the radiator
Check your antifreeze. When you remove the radiator cap (make sure the engine is cool) there should be some antifreeze at the top of the radiator neck. If you don't see any, then the level may be too low and you'll have to add some antifreeze.
depends on the type of vehicle
The radiator alone, about 4 qts. The complete cooling system, about 12 qts. A mixture of 50% water and 50% antifreeze should protect the engine to minus 34 degrees F.
Vehicles lose antifreeze because they loose coolant. You have a 13 year old vehicle. Your radiator and heater hoses may be leaking and should have been changed from original equipment by now. If they have not, change them before you are on the highway and they break. After that is done, and if you are still losing antifreeze, we will look for the leak. When you start up, does white smoke come out the tail pipe? If so, you will need to check your head gasket. You will need to look around your water pump and radiator for leaks.
If you mean the water in your radiator, don't drive your vehicle until it thaws or your engine will overheat because no coolant will be flowing through it. You should keep 50% antifreeze and 50% distilled water in your car radiator at all times. (maybe slightly more antifreeze in cold winter weather) Water in the radiator won't freeze with antifreeze mixed with it.
you probably have a leaking heater core....you can replace it or bypass it