Car Leaked Fluid for a bit, Stopped Since.

Asked by Sep 06, 2016 at 08:37 PM about the 1996 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Country 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I left work today to go get something to eat. I went back to work and then i
left not even 5 mins later. I see my car dripping a little bit of coolant. My
coolant is green and ofc a 50/50 mix. I looked where it could be dripping,
and it looked to be the lower radiator hose by the connection to the actual
radiator. There was no leak or spill on top of the hose ofc so I don't know
exactly where the leak came from. I picked it up a bit and made sure there
was no more leaking. I took it slow home and kept an eye on my coolant
temp. It didnt even get past 210 degrees Fahrenheit. It hasn't been leaking
since, not even a drop. I checked my Overfull and it was very low. I added a
50/50 mix to that and had it on full. I tightened the lower radiator hose clamp
a little bit but not too much. My question is, what is going on? If it was a big
leak, wouldn't it keep leaking? I put new paper under it and held em down
just to make sure nothing else leaks. Any help is amazing, and i am so
scared considering im 18, don't have a lot of money, and my car is my only
sort of transport i have.

5 Answers

210,855

Don't be scared, you now know you have a small leak, so that's good your paying attention to it. You had to add to the reservoir because you lost some coolant. Next time you drive it, monitor the temps and after you park it, open the hood and or get under the car to see where the leak is. Cars tend to leak more when the engine is warm after a drive. If you suspect the hose, buy one and be ready to replace it. Could also be the radiator. I'd advise not to put any stop leak in, that is only temporary.

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56,855

For now, keep an eye on it and the coolant level. Make sure you keep the radiator full and the plastic recovery (overflow) tank about halfway full. It could be a failing hose or possibly the clamp just needed to be tightened up. If it starts leaking again I'd replace the hose. HTH. -Jim

I mean I am looking into getting another car in like 3 or 4 years, I just need to have a better paying job. Would it be a really bad idea to drop some stop leak into it? I don't have a lot of money to buy a radiator or anything that expensive.

56,855

Don't use a stop leak product! They're notorious for clogging up the heater core causing the heater not to work and clogging up the cooling system passages in the engine causing overheating problems. Those stop leak products usually cause more problems than they fix! HTH. -Jim

Ok, good to know.

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