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I added the water the day before when it was hot, and I noticed that the overflow tank was filling. I only had a few ounces of water in a bottle, which it drank up... I had gotten the fluids all topped off the week before.
My overflow tank is still VERY FULL, and while I missed the first few minutes of the leak, it doesn't seem to have been a large amount.
I have not checked the sparks... would the still show signs of coolant on them, though it's been a couple of days since the event occurred?
I'm guessing you're saying I may have bad head gasket, if they have coolant on them?
So, after we spoke, I went home and randomly tried to start the vehicle. It started right up. I filled up the radiator, which was completely empty (though the overflow is completely full) and drove it to a mechanic.... who told me last night that he could find nothing wrong. So... I don't know. I'm not sure what I should do to stop that from happening again, other than maybe find a priest to perform an exorcism. Nothing the mechanic proposed would explain BOTH the bad starter and the coolant that leaked when I was starting it. He checked all the hoses... and basically found nothing. So, anyhow, I'd take any other advice you have, and so you know I will be rating your work as excellent... it was certainly closer to help than my mechanic attempted. Thank you.
Just talked to the mechanic, he says they did do a coolant system pressure check; it was fine.
They did not perform a block test, so I guess if I have another issue (which I'm sure I will) I'll limp her back over there and have them check the gasket. Which is pretty much what I've been worried as being the issue, but I'm not sure how I would evaluate that on my own.
Excellent. This will help me answer the question I've been trying to avoid answering, and more importantly, trying to avoid paying someone to answer for me. However, you, sir, have earned my money... although I already rated you as excellent, I'm hoping it will let me back in to send a tip. I'm gonna go pick up that kit, right now. Thanks again.
I know, but the "tip your mechanic" option is only offered to me when I give you the rating. I attempted to go back to that webpage, and it told me that to do so I would be charged the full price of "asking another question"... I just feel bad, because as far as I can tell, you're the only helpful mechanic I've ever met.
So, I just called two auto parts stores... basically read them your description of the test kit... they both said they have nothing like that... the closest was soemthing that required a UV light to perform. Is there a more common name that a clerk might recognize, or is this something I need to order from a specialty store?