2005 Nissan Van radiator fluid disapearing

Tiny
MICHAEL SARGISON
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  • 2005 NISSAN VAN
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 268,000 MILES
The radiator fluid in goes down a little bit each day what would the problem be?
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 8:15 PM

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Tiny
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Ya got a leak, but if you don't see any wetness on the engine or puddles on the ground, suspect a leaking cylinder head gasket. You can verify that by adding a small bottle of dark purple dye to the coolant, then check a day later with a black light. The dye will show up as a bright yellow stain that you can follow back to the source. If the head gasket is leaking, you'll find the dye inside the tail pipe.
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 8:47 PM
Tiny
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Is that expensive because there is no puddles on the ground so how critical is it to get fixed
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 8:50 PM
Tiny
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And there is a little bit of fluid that came out of the pipe this morning
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 8:52 PM
Tiny
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You'll want to verify this first because a head gasket is a pretty big job. Most mechanics, if they have your best interest at heart, will want to replace the timing belt too along with the tensioning devices and the water pump.
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 9:07 PM
Tiny
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What would that price be in general?
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 9:43 PM
Tiny
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We don't get involved with costs here because there's way too many variables. Some engines are really easy to work on and the job could take as little as four hours. Some are really difficult and can take a whole day. Most shops go according to a "flat rate" book that spells out the hours each procedure on each car model should take. That way they all quote you the same number of hours. The variable is their hourly shop rate.
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 9:52 PM
Tiny
MICHAEL SARGISON
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Ok how much would your shop charge for a shorter job?
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 9:56 PM
Tiny
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What parts would be involved?
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 10:10 PM
Tiny
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I don't have a shop. I'm an instructor and former mechanic. Around here most shops manage to stay in business by only charging around $100.00 per hour. If you saw the huge list of taxes, insurances, and government regulations they have to comply with, you'd wonder too how they manage, but they do. Dealerships usually charge a little more per hour than the independent shops, but they often get the job done faster because their mechanics are familiar with just the one brand of vehicle and they get factory training on them.

The way to get the most accurate estimate is to visit a shop, but they're going to want to verify the cause of the problem first so they quote you for the right repair. If you get estimates from two or more shops, be sure they're including the same things.
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 10:16 PM
Tiny
MICHAEL SARGISON
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Also you know the other stuff you mentioned the timming belt e.C.T how long u rekon that would take just an estimate
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 10:20 PM
Tiny
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Every car is different. The job will take between 4 and 10 hours, ... Probably closer to four, but that's a guess. A timing belt can cost between 20 bucks and over a hundred dollars, depending on quality, how many things it runs, size, etc. If your water pump is driven by the timing belt, a conscientious mechanic will want to replace that too to insure the old one doesn't fail and damage the new belt. I don't know which van you have so I can't determine if you have a gas or diesel engine, whether or not it even uses a timing belt, and if so, what it runs. You need to visit a shop for an accurate estimate.
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 10:30 PM
Tiny
MICHAEL SARGISON
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Just say that it does and it runs petrol it is a 2005 e25 that has done 268,000 so what would it cost for a water pump, timming belt and a tension thing and the price for the gasket just an estimate
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 10:41 PM
Tiny
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$942.76 plus or minus $500.00
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 10:56 PM
Tiny
MICHAEL SARGISON
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Is that including labour, and thank you for all ur help man u r a legend
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 11:01 PM
Tiny
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You gotta ask at the shops. They will tell you exactly what is needed to solve the immediate problem, and what is recommended to insure the quality of the repair. Often they will let you decide how many additional things you want once you're able to make an informed decision.
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 11:05 PM

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