Radiator

Asked by Jun 24, 2017 at 10:57 PM about the 1998 Toyota Camry

Question type: General

Hi all, I have a question-
I was driving home from work about 5 weeks ago
and noticed my car was smoking but I was only
around the corner from home, so when I got home
a noticed a crack in the radiator and when I was
checking everything else I noticed my oil was dry (I
know I know I'm stupid), anyway I topped
everything up I took it to my mechanics down the
road he replaced the radiator and a week or so later
my head gasket seal? (I think that's the name of it).
Anyway my radiator fluid keeps going down, about
a week and a half ago I had to top it up with coolant
around 500mls then a few days ago with another
200mls.
There's no milky substance in the oil and there's no
radiator fluid on the ground and my car is driving
like it's normal self.
Have a cracked something still or what could be
going on?
Thanks in advance

2 Answers

26,715

Its (coolant) going out the tail pipe. It will get worse. Head gasket. Need head resurfaced or replaced with head not warped. Warped head happens from running hot. Head likely if reused will need rebuilt or you also have a oil leak somewhere. Cracked radiator is enough to run it hot, however low oil may have have induced the issue and pressures built up. It of course would be wise to have the head pressure tested before reusing.

2 people found this helpful.
86,535

If it's running fine without excessive clouds of white water condensation from the tailpipe, and no milky "goop" in the oil it's probably a leaking hose or possibly a leaking water pump. Pressure test the cooling system. It should hold the pressure for a minimum of 15 minutes. If not, something is leaking. If you start to notice a fog on the inside of the windshield with possibly a sweet smell the heater core is leaking. HTH. -Jim

1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer:

Toyota Camry Experts

  • #1
    Reelin68
    Reputation
    17,950
  • #2
    last_chance_garage
    Reputation
    5,630
  • #3
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    3,620
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
1,063 Great Deals out of 86,345 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Corolla
1,070 Great Deals out of 66,149 listings starting at $1,290
Used Honda Civic
949 Great Deals out of 53,406 listings starting at $1,299
Used Toyota Avalon
213 Great Deals out of 11,336 listings starting at $1,490
Used Nissan Altima
1,356 Great Deals out of 66,520 listings starting at $1,085
Used Toyota RAV4
953 Great Deals out of 52,996 listings starting at $2,177
Used Nissan Maxima
440 Great Deals out of 17,701 listings starting at $1,094
Used Hyundai Sonata
719 Great Deals out of 47,924 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda CR-V
868 Great Deals out of 75,448 listings starting at $1,700
Used Toyota Tacoma
772 Great Deals out of 50,781 listings starting at $1,400
Used Toyota 4Runner
388 Great Deals out of 26,752 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Malibu
863 Great Deals out of 53,560 listings starting at $977

Used Cars for Sale

2019 Toyota Camry For Sale
35,865 listings starting at $20,783
2018 Toyota Camry For Sale
131 Great Deals out of 9,533 listings starting at $14,999
2017 Toyota Camry For Sale
155 Great Deals out of 6,095 listings starting at $8,991
2016 Toyota Camry For Sale
303 Great Deals out of 7,416 listings starting at $8,992
2015 Toyota Camry For Sale
257 Great Deals out of 4,644 listings starting at $8,875

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.