2001 Saturn L200 low coolant level

Tiny
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  • 2001 SATURN L200
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 87,959 MILES
Two days ago, low coolant light came on (it has never come on before). I checked coolant level in the overflow and it was down almost 2 inches. I added coolant. After driving quite a bit running errands around town, light came on again. Coolant level was again about 2 inches low from the line. I am leaking coolant somewhere. There did appear to be a small amount of something in the driveway, but not a big puddle. Took it into my local mechanics and "they can't find a leak". Supposedly pressure tested it and it is fine. They THINK it is a head gasket problem. I have not noticed any smoking out the exhaust, nor is the car overheating. What do you think it could be?
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Thursday, August 26th, 2010 AT 4:44 PM

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Tiny
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If you actually saw coolant on the ground and it wasn't something you spilled, then you just need to take it to a different shop. A leak that size should be very obvious when pressure tested.
These engines are pretty notorious for cracking heads though. Make sure none is getting into your oil.
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Thursday, August 26th, 2010 AT 4:49 PM
Tiny
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First of all thank you so much for your donation.I would check the water pump it's one of the most common place's for those engine's to leak. Another good place to look for a leak on that car is where the radiator tank meet's the radiator core on both side's of the radiator. Also have your coolant cap pressure tested most people never think to check for a bad cap. There is a square hole on the under side of the water pump where the coolant leak's out.I would also try repressure testing it. There is also coolant dye you can add to the coolant to find leak's.
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Saturday, August 28th, 2010 AT 11:24 AM

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