Noticed few drops of antifreeze (2" diameter) on driveway under 98 Accord which probably occurred over last week. Resevoir level is down to min line. Added 10 oz of water to resv min/max line. Cause?

Asked by Nov 23, 2014 at 01:26 PM about the 1998 Honda Accord EX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Noticed several 1-2" almost dry drops of what I think is antifreeze under my 98 Honda
Accord EX. The wet stains are clear or slightly green not brown(oil) or Red (trans).
Coolant resevior was down to min level (engine was cold). Drops appear to be on
passenger side where res is located. I added about 10 oz of tap water to resevior and
drove car about 5 miles to get engine temp up to hot. Temp gauge in normal mid range.
I put white paper under engine but no drops so far! Any ideas on what is causing these
drops? No other leaks of oil or trans. I guess I can just add a few oz of coolant/ antifreeze
every week or two but, I am a little concerned. We just had a couple of nights where temp
dropped to 20 degrees. Could it be a hose ready to burst etc?

3 Answers

It's very difficult to say where the drops are coming from just from here looking at this, and not the car. For one thing, always use distilled water if at all possible, in a roadside situation where you have to add tap is better than nothing. If the coolant has not been changed in several years, it's probably time to do so, a 50/50 mix of un-diluted coolant or pre-mixed.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Also Make sure you look on the reservoir for the cold level fill marks, don't over-fill cold or it will spit it out. And a 50/50 will protect it well below zero °F. The only vehicles that need a 60/40 or 70/30 are if wherever you are gets to like 20 below.. ever.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

If I had paid attention I would have noticed you did look at the marks. And just to add, a 1998 model car, any car, with no drops of any kind is the anomaly, not the norm.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Accord in your area?

CarGurus has 94,379 nationwide Accord listings starting at $1,300.


Honda Accord Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Camry
807 Great Deals out of 71,840 listings starting at $175
Used Honda Civic
347 Great Deals out of 52,617 listings starting at $1,200
Used Nissan Altima
751 Great Deals out of 67,419 listings starting at $750
Used Honda Accord Coupe
102 Great Deals out of 4,252 listings starting at $800
Used Nissan Maxima
231 Great Deals out of 17,870 listings starting at $1,995
Used Toyota Corolla
643 Great Deals out of 66,330 listings starting at $1,449
Used Honda CR-V
536 Great Deals out of 67,395 listings starting at $1,800
Used Acura TL
62 Great Deals out of 3,412 listings starting at $1,995
Used Hyundai Sonata
393 Great Deals out of 50,533 listings starting at $990
Used BMW 3 Series
963 Great Deals out of 33,201 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet Malibu
608 Great Deals out of 48,695 listings starting at $1,800

Used Cars For Sale

2016 Honda Accord EX For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 194 listings starting at $15,751
2015 Honda Accord EX For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 962 listings starting at $11,995
2014 Honda Accord EX For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 283 listings starting at $10,200

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.