HI,When my daughter pulled into the driveway to park the car, the car started to smoke - which was white in color. When the car cooled down, I popped the hood and green liquid had sprayed everywhere. Taking a glance I did not see any hoses undone or damaged. I wanted to fill the radiator with water then turn on the engine, however this is where I am stumped. There are several containers with caps on it that I can not figure out where to input the water. I found the container for the windshield wiper fluid.The container right behind the battery has a yellow cap, to the right of it is a container with a black cap, to the left of the yellow cap container is a small container with a black cap on it. Then there is a container in front of the battery and then there is a cap with a picture of a water container with a drip coming out of it,right on top what I am going to presume is to input oil. Can you help me identify all the containers. ( the windshield wiper fluid container is at the front right of the battery.I hope this did not come across confusing. I am a female that has done alot of DIY projects from putting up a fence, painting a house, build a deck, very minor car repairs.So I am not afraid to get my hands dirty.My goal is to get the car turned on and driveable to get to a repair station. If it is a hose I have to repair with duct tape in order to get to a repair station no problem. I just do not want to turn on the car without any fluids in the radiator and cause more damage.Thanks for any help you can provide.Sabina
Country: United StatesMake: ChevroletModel: Aveo LSYear: 2005
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It is in an odd place on those, it is in the back of the engine compartment on the drivers side with the yellow cap. Here is a picture with it cicled and an arrow.
As long as you fill it up and watch the temp gauge while driving it you should be fine. Of course if there is a big leak you can make a temporary fix.
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Perfect. Thank you. There is not anything else I can ask, because it is now a matter of filling the tank, and see where the leaking is coming from if any and then take it to the shop. Can you thnik of anything I might need to know?
Not really, just top it off and check for leaks to make sure it will make it to the shop. I will be back on in the morning if I can help further. I will continue to help as needed.
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I found the leak. It is the plastic elbow joint connecting a rubber hose to what I assume is the engine. You can see it on your picture. It is right where you started your red arrow. I should be able to get the part at any auto store and replace it myself. It is bolted on at one end and pinched together with the rubber hose by a metal ring. Would you agree I should not have any problems replacing it myself?
That's good that you found it, you will save some money doing it yourself. That is the thermostat housing, you will need that and a gasket and you should replace the thermostat also. when you take the housing off pay close attention to the thermostat so that you do not install it backwards when you put it back together. But it is easy and you should not have a problem at all.
I will let you know how I do.
How did it turn out?
I will be going to the auto parts store Saturday morning and trying to install it myself. I will email you later on the success or for further help. Hopefully it is the first.
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I got it done and it was easy. I had to go to a Chevy dealership to get a part because it would take a week to get the part in from a automotive parts store. It came out to $100 for a metal housing, which replace the plastic one that cracked. The thermostat comes with it and the gasket I had was in good shape.
Thanks for your help.
Glad it all worked out and you saved some money and hassle!!