Originally Posted by Who Dat Popcorn
Our 2001 Camry has started to leak coolant, and we've taken it to the dealership 3 times now. They pressure tested it and couldn't find a leak. I know I wasn't crazy, so I had to physically take them out there and move the car for them to show them that a puddle had formed. So they take it back in and call me later and tell me that the radiator needs to be replaced.
They replace it, I take it home, and put it in the garage. 3 Days later, I open the hood and coolant levels are low again (1/4 tank left). They had fill it to the top when I took it home. Now they want me to bring it back in, but I don't have time to keep doing this. Anyone have any ideas?
Fill it back up yourself with the car completely cold. Fill the radiator, then the overflow bottle. Once you've done that, check it after a couple days. Make sure you check it when the car is completely cold. If it still drops, then either buy a pressure tester and check it yourself for leaks or take it back to the dealer.
I have always had to top off the coolant the day after I have worked on a cooling system. There is always some air in the system and the first time the car heats all the way up, then cools, the radiator will draw coolant out of the overflow bottle.
Don't get excited just yet. I think you're going to be okay. You did not mention seeing coolant on the ground, so it sounds like they have fixed it to me.