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Let me first ask, do you know where this coolant leak is coming from?
There is no coolant leak
or iI dont see one
alright, the question states that "It is draining all of the radiator fluid right when it turns on". Is that not the case now?
ok the vehicle is holding the radiator fluid. then the radiator fan will turn on and the coolant basically drains out.
where it drains to I dont know
there is no puddle or anything under the car
Alright, Does this happen everytime?
yes, just started
the radiator light is on in the car
Alright, This is a typical symptom of a head gasket leak.
so it is overheating
What happens is the cooling system builds up pressure and blows the coolant out. The engine's compression stroke pressurizes the cooling system.
What I would recommend before doing anything else, is smelling the coolant tank cap. If it smells like gas/crankcase vapor, (smell your oil dipstick, if the coolant cap smells anything like that, then likely the headgasket has failed). then I would get a block test done.
A block test is a test that pulls coolant vapors in through a test liquid, the liquid will change color if hydrocarbons (gasoline) are detected in the cooling system. If so, you have a headgasket leaking.
that is obviously worse case scenario. Someone said that it might be a cooling sensor issue. Could that be the case
With the cooling coming out, (especially within 2 minutes) I feel that the system is being pressurized.
Usually an engine will take at least 10 minutes to get up to operating temperature.
Does your temperature gauge indicate at overheating issue within 2 minutes?
the guage I believe is normal not in the red
Alright, Before doing anything else, I would get a block test done, as the cooling system should not be getting pressurized enough to come out of the system.
also, if you turn on the A/C, the cooling fan should operate. Double the check the fan motor for operation. it's possible if the fan motor is locked up, that could cause the issue, but again, I wouldn't think so within 2 minutes of first starting.
this all started when i recharged my a/c
alright, If you turn the A/C off, and the defroster OFF. The complete climate control system off, does it still have this problem. ?
if it is idling the vehicle does not over heat or leak
only when i press on the gas
Alright, I understand. Check The upper hose by hand and see if it is cold to the touch, and then warms up when the thermostat opens after about 5 minutes of the engine idling. If it does, then the thermostat is opening up. I would replace the thermostat first, (as that is only about 10-20 dollars at a local auto parts store and easy to replace. Also, I would perform a block test, or sniff the overflow jug with a 4 gas analyzer to check for a headgasket leak. I really believe you might have a headgasket leaking on this one.
ok thanks when I go to the auto part store what do I ask them for. and where can I get a block test done at?
There is a kit sold at places like Auto Zone, Advance etc. just ask them for a block test, or headgasket leak indicator test. they'll know what your talking about. If your coolant cap smells like the oil dipstick too, that's a sign.
And just asked them for a thermostat for the radiator
That is correct.
I hope it's not a headgasket, but with those symptoms it maybe. and if it is, don't want to put any money into anything else on the car.
I would go ahead and put a thermostat in it first though.
Thank you. Let me know if you have any further questions.