Coolant pooled under parked VW

Asked by Aug 10, 2016 at 09:16 AM about the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Returned to parking lot to find a huge pool of liquid
under my car. Didn't see anything dripping from my
car so I started it up, drove a couple miles, stopped
for another errand, then started it again. Warning
light came on but the temperature looked good so i
drove the last two miles home. No coolant in
reservoir. Engine did not overheat. Blown hose?
How do I troubleshoot this before taking to a
mechanic? 2001 VW Jetta Wagon 4 cyl 2L

3 Answers

49,275

If you are taking it to a mechanic I wouldn't worry about troubleshooting it. Could be a hose, radiator, water pump or head gasket. Most likely in my opinion would be the water pump.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Thanks for the input, Bob. If it's something I can get to, I won't take it to the mechanic. Is there an order to how I should check what you listed? What makes you think it's the water pump? Btw, there was a sound before I parked the first time, kind of a rattle pop but I dismissed it as ground noise from entering the parking lot.

49,275

Water pumps have a bearing and seal. Of course these don't last forever and when they go they tend to start dripping out of a weep hole at the bottom of the pump. In severe cases they just go out and leak like crazy. Hoses do sometimes develop leaks, but this is not as common as it once was as hoses are of better quality now days. Fill up your cooling system and start the car, I'll bet you will quickly find the leak.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Coolant pooled under parked VW 3 answers

    Returned to parking lot to find a huge pool of liquid under my car. Didn't see anything dripping from my car so I started it up, drove a couple miles, stopped for another errand, then started it ag...

    2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Wagon

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • VW Jetta 2 cream color mix in water expansion vessel. How does transmission fluid mix with coolant water? 2 answers

    Make: VW Jetta 2, 1.6L, AUTO Model: 2002 Problem: Found Cream color mix in coolant water expansion vessel. Question: How does automatic transmission fluid mix with coolant water?

    2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Vw jetta 4 answers

    2001 vw jetta 1.8 t manual...brand new stage 3 clut ch, pressure plate and flywheel, brand new slave cylinder shifts great.1,5...i get a grind on reverse only..im running out of options...

    2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Filling transmission on vw

    What does the bottom of a VW DSG transmission look like

    2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Will An VR6 Engine From A 1998 VW Jetta Fit In A 2000 VW Jetta 3 answers

    I Have A 2000 VW Jetta And I Need A New Engine And I Found A 1998 Vr6 But I'm Not Sure If It Will Fit.

    2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS VR6

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Jetta

Looking for a Used Jetta in your area?

CarGurus has 44,190 nationwide Jetta listings starting at $800.

ZIP:

Search Volkswagen Jetta Questions

Volkswagen Jetta Experts

#1 Goodwrench707
Goodwrench707
Reputation 2,340
#2 Deathjam4
Deathjam4
Reputation 1,800
#3 Scott Sr.
Scott Sr.
Reputation 1,430
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Passat
366 Great Deals out of 25,059 listings starting at $999
Used Honda Civic
877 Great Deals out of 85,208 listings starting at $750
Used Volkswagen GTI
95 Great Deals out of 8,358 listings starting at $2,400
Used Honda Accord
1,071 Great Deals out of 68,731 listings starting at $1,000
Used Volkswagen Golf
71 Great Deals out of 4,776 listings starting at $1,950
Used Toyota Corolla
1,002 Great Deals out of 70,073 listings starting at $1,800
Used BMW 3 Series
1,037 Great Deals out of 31,547 listings starting at $975
Used Toyota Camry
1,232 Great Deals out of 85,030 listings starting at $750
Used Audi A4
313 Great Deals out of 10,708 listings starting at $1,000
Used Nissan Altima
1,320 Great Deals out of 76,090 listings starting at $1,695
Used Volkswagen Beetle
174 Great Deals out of 9,294 listings starting at $1,950
Used Ford Focus
824 Great Deals out of 55,192 listings starting at $1,200

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 27,194 listings starting at $10,117
2016 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
77 Great Deals out of 2,135 listings starting at $8,800
2015 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
113 Great Deals out of 2,954 listings starting at $6,699
2014 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
194 Great Deals out of 4,731 listings starting at $4,750
2013 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
66 Great Deals out of 1,559 listings starting at $4,999

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.