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Old 09-13-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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Low Coolant Question

Hey all,

I've got a 2012 Tacoma 2.7 that i've had for 14 months. Today while checking my oil, I noticed that my coolant level was an inch or more below the full line. I checked it first thing this morning while cold after it had set overnight. Just wandering if anyone has experienced this and looking for a bit of advice. I have noticed since it was new, there is always a little residue surrounding the hose that fits on the top of the reservoir, I clean it up periodically when im under the hood and it keeps coming back. I have considered putting a hose clamp or twisting a piece of wire around it. Any suggestions or ideas why the level is low? Is this common?

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Hey all,

I've got a 2012 Tacoma 2.7 that i've had for 14 months. Today while checking my oil, I noticed that my coolant level was an inch or more below the full line. I checked it first thing this morning while cold after it had set overnight. Just wandering if anyone has experienced this and looking for a bit of advice. I have noticed since it was new, there is always a little residue surrounding the hose that fits on the top of the reservoir, I clean it up periodically when im under the hood and it keeps coming back. I have considered putting a hose clamp or twisting a piece of wire around it. Any suggestions or ideas why the level is low? Is this common?

Thanks, Mack
Add some coolant back in and you'll be fine. Just routine maintenance, my did the same thing.
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Same thing happened to my 07. I twisted a piece of wire around it, and that stopped it from leaking there.
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He'll never live that mistake down. He could cure cancer and everyone would still kick his bag in for his fluid fuckup

OP, if it's any consolation, I didn't know I was low on coolant until I heard gurgling from under my dash. Air bubbles were causing it, I finally figured it out, but originally I though I had water trapped in the trough under the wiper cowl.
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Hehehe it's fun to bug him about it. He's a good dude
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Add some coolant back in and you'll be fine. Just routine maintenance, my did the same thing.
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It's probably about to blow a head gasket, sell it!

Kiddin. If it's the first time you've had to add any it's just normal evaporation and a little from the hose leak. You can add coolant or just some water for such a small amount, distilled if you can or at least purified with no minerals; tho a couple ounces hardly matters anyway.

Before trying to clamp the hose you should clean it and the nipple of any hardened residue or it'll probably keep seeping.
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Hey all,

I've got a 2012 Tacoma 2.7 that i've had for 14 months. Today while checking my oil, I noticed that my coolant level was an inch or more below the full line. I checked it first thing this morning while cold after it had set overnight. Just wandering if anyone has experienced this and looking for a bit of advice. I have noticed since it was new, there is always a little residue surrounding the hose that fits on the top of the reservoir, I clean it up periodically when im under the hood and it keeps coming back. I have considered putting a hose clamp or twisting a piece of wire around it. Any suggestions or ideas why the level is low? Is this common?

Thanks, Mack
That would be normal with a cold engine. When warmed up it should be close to the full line, maybe even higher.

I have also experienced the small leak at the overflow hose. I ziptied mine. Minor leak though, takes a long time to cause a low level.
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coolant level

As long as your reservoir level is between the low and high marks you are okay. If it makes you feel better you can add a little distilled water or already mixed 50/50 coolant to bring the level up to the high. Adding coolant would be better but some folks don't want to buy a whole gallon of Toyota special long life coolant so the next best thing is adding a little distilled water which will eventually evaporate within time and you will be back to the low mark again, eventually.
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