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Radiator Help: Leak?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ZachPrerunner, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. Jan 9, 2017 at 3:20 PM
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    Okay so today while under the hood I noticed my radiator over flow doesn't have any coolant. I had the dealer do the flush at my 100k mile service interval. There's no leaks in the garage where I park. I know I need to use distilled water to fill it back up. How will I know if it's leaking?
     
  2. Jan 9, 2017 at 3:25 PM
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    Radiator Cap taken off, no coolant at the top. Oh, I'm at 120k if that helps

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  3. Jan 9, 2017 at 3:35 PM
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    when they did the flush they probably didn't burp it to get out the air pockets, they probably just drained the radiator refilled and sent it out to you unless they used a machine to flush it. I would just top off the radiator and resovoir and call it good if u a had leak you would be noticing it. you can probably use zerex import antifreeze to top it or better just take it back to the dealer with your receipt they might just top it off for free since you had the service done there
     
  4. Jan 9, 2017 at 4:01 PM
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    If I went ahead and put distilled water in there, would that be alright? I just didn't want to chance anything since I drive 30+ miles a day
     
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    its a Toyota truck and that's all the modifications needed
    I did that tomy Honda accord, I refilled the radiator with 1 gallon antifreeze and was short the amount for the resovoir, so I picked up a gallon of distilled water and used it and its been fine and it eventually mixed with rest of the coolant. id do it
     
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    Can't tell from the pic how low the coolant level is in the radiator. How far below freezing does it get in TN? You can get away with water if there's no freezing temps.
    Only reliable way to check for leaks is with a pressure tester (may be able to borrow one at AutoZone).
     
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    It doesn't normally get below freezing here. This past week it did, but only for a few days. I'm going to drive around and see if it gets lower. If so, I'll stop by the dealer and see if they'll top it off.
     
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    Go get some Zerex Asian coolant from any parts store. Dont put straight water in it. Then get under neath it when you get a chance and look up at the underside of the waterpump. Look for pink crud anywhere on the timing cover, pan , or block.
     
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    I filled with distilled water already to see if it was leaking on the way home. Should I siphon it out tomorrow and put that in there?
     
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    its a Toyota truck and that's all the modifications needed
    I would just leave it since you topped off, it will mix with antifreeze in the radiator, it shouldn't reduce the antifreezes effectiveness too much, just keep an eye on it to see if it goes down anymore
     
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  12. Jan 9, 2017 at 4:57 PM
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    It went down a few centimeters on my drive home which was around ten miles. I'm sure the radiator was a tad low as well, so I should be in the clear? I'll keep a check every few days. I figured if it were leaking, I would notice the marks in the garage.
     
  13. Jan 9, 2017 at 5:03 PM
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    if your not seeing any antifreeze on your garage floor or anywhere inside the engine bay area leaking your good, there was probably a air pocket after the flush, once you start using the heater it opens up the reat of the system and purges out the air leaving a void of no antifreeze
     
  14. Jan 9, 2017 at 5:06 PM
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    That's what I was thinking, let me grab some pics and post them on here
     
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    Here's what I got so far

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  16. Jan 9, 2017 at 5:25 PM
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    Some more

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  17. Jan 9, 2017 at 5:29 PM
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    I don't see shit,
     
  19. Jan 9, 2017 at 5:35 PM
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    You mean like you can't see anything because of the pics or you don't see anything wrong? :oops:
     
  20. Jan 9, 2017 at 5:37 PM
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    nothing wrong, you can put old newspaper under the radiator area overnight if theres antifreeze stains, but I doubt it. just watch the resovoir see if it continues to go down
     
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