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Topped off coolant with non-OEM...Drain immediately?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by jlleiber, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. Apr 11, 2013 at 5:48 AM
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    jlleiber

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    So it definitely drained out while just sitting there on vacation. Found a pink pool on the ground directly below where the reservoir sits. However, I can't for the life of me find any pink residue in the engine compartment anywhere. Also, I removed the radiator cap and the liquid under there is yellow?? I would assume this is from the previous owner putting whatever coolant in there he had. So, any ideas as to where it may be leaking while the truck IS NOT running? Any thoughts is appreciated. I'm on the verge of just taking it to the dealership now
     
  2. Apr 11, 2013 at 5:59 AM
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    Take it to a shop and ask them to pressure test the cooling system. This should expose most leaks.
     
  3. Apr 11, 2013 at 9:02 AM
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    Called my local dealership and the lady told me they typically do a die of some sort, which makes little sense to me since the stuffs already pink? And I asked if they pressure tested cooling systems and she sounded clueless. Also, just to LOOK at the truck, it'll be $75. Beyond me.

    Any recommendations as far as shops to go to?
     
  4. Apr 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM
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    UV dye, you add it to the system and then when it leaks out you can use a blacklight and some yellow glasses to trace it back to the source of the leak. Comes in a nifty little kit for like 25 30 bucks or something.
     
  5. Apr 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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    Ahhh nice! Just found the 3 parts to the kit on amazon for $20. Might give that a go.. Thanks :thumbsup:
     
  6. Apr 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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    Check the drain fitting on the bottom of the reservoir.
     
  7. Apr 11, 2013 at 9:03 PM
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    Yep checked that first. Ended up crawling under the truck tonight and pulled off the skid plates to get a better look and saw pink residue on multiple bolts on the water pump, so I'm afraid that the seal and water pump itself have gone bad :/
     
  8. Apr 11, 2013 at 9:05 PM
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    Are the bolts tight :p
     
  9. Apr 12, 2013 at 5:20 AM
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    haha, well it's on 3 of them so hopefully not all of them rattled loose...

    here's a pic.

    coolant leak.jpg
     
  10. Apr 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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    Definitely looks like it's running down from above.
     
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  12. Apr 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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    Would that be a bad seal then? It looks like it's coming from behind the water pump, which I can't see at all. Is the only option to take it off and check?

    Also, the pic I took is a little misleading - I was crawled under the truck so I think it's sort of upside down. The direction that the leak appears to be coming from actually wraps around the bottom of the water pump
     
  13. Apr 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM
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    This.

    You cant really mix with Toyota Red from what I have read, but water has better cooling propertys, thats why its ok to top off with water.
     
  15. Apr 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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    Perfect thanks!

    For now I have a bottle of distilled water and a jug of Toyota Pink sitting in the back. And alternating adding each one until I get to replacing the water pump here in the next couple weeks.
     
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