[s-cars] leaking coolant

Calvin & Diana Craig calvinlc at earthlink.net
Thu Apr 22 23:12:40 EDT 2004

I would check your oil and make sure this isn't a head gasket/cracked head
problem as well.  Other than that, likely sources that I have seen are the
hose towards the back of the head, coolant tank reservoir, and the heater
control valve, in back of the engine.

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:s-car-list-bounces at audifans.com]On Behalf Of Gabriel Caldwell
Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2004 4:19 PM
To: Kevin Campbell; s-car-list at audifans.com
Subject: RE: [s-cars] leaking coolant

I hear the after-run pump likes to leak a lot.  In my experience I have seen
leaks from the coolant level sensor connection at the bottom of the
expansion tank and from the water fitting on the head.  In both cases I
never saw a pool of coolant because it only leaked when the pressure in the
system was high and when it did leak in ran down and hid in the subframe.  A
really close visual inspection following all the coolant lines helped me
find the problems.

Gabriel Caldwell

-----Original Message-----
From: Kevin Campbell [mailto:kevin.campbell at autodesk.com]
Sent: April 22, 2004 3:12 PM
To: s-car-list at audifans.com
Subject: [s-cars] leaking coolant

S-car Gruppies,

I sustained a coolant leak sometime yesterday and have yet to track it down.
The coolant leak indicator clued me into it.  I only need drive several
miles before it comes on.  When I go to check the coolant tank it is always
about ¾ empty (I imagine this is where the sensor is.)  Then I refill.

Anyway, I see no detectable leak under the car.  Should I check for the leak
while the car is hot and running?  Are there any common leak areas like the
coolant bottle or the hoses running to the bottle?  I don't have a
compression tester either.  I need to go to Tahoe tomorrow.  I don't want to
fill the trunk with bottles of anti-freeze for the trip (I've convinced my
wife I drive a "fine" automobile).

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


94 S4

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