I've been checking the coolant level before and after each drive, and it drains quite a bit, but I fill it back up again. Maybe 1 gallon for every 2 hours of driving.
Yesterday I put Stop-Leak in it to try to slow it down until the weekend when I get it fixed. After I drove to work this morning, I shut off the engine and opened the recovery tank, and it was at a pretty normal level. I was pleasantly surprised, since it would be almost empty the last few days when I did this, so I assumed the Stop-Leak had helped.
I went to get the coolant jug to top it off, and when I got back to the front of the car the tank was overflowing.
Would this happen simply because I had opened the recovery tank cap while hot, releasing the pressure and allowing it to boil and push the coolant out? Or is it a compression leak again? Overflowing the tank like this is exactly what it would do when there was a compression leak.
Can I safely drive it home?
have the same problem?
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 8:43 AM