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Old 01-29-2008, 09:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ive got a 95 sidekick 16v with a/c that keeps losing water at the rate of 1 gallon a week but i cant find any sign of a leak. no drips,nothing-any suggestions?
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You might want to find somewhere that will rent you a radiator pressure pump, you top off your fluid, connect the pump to the radiator instead of the cap and pump to give pressure.

I couldn't find my leak either until at the garage we pressurized it and it started spewing from the inside of the radiator, behind the fan.

If you pressurize it and it loses pressure but there's no leak you might be in trouble as the coolant might leak into the piston chamber or engine oil.

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L.G. is right, some leaks won't show until pressurized. My radiator didn't leak until reaching operating temperature (system is pressurized), then the leak was visible, from a crack in the top radiator plastic reservoir. Also, do a compression test, you could have a head gasket leak. Good luck, Dave
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just idle the engine, any you will bet 12.5 pSI , (the rad cap does that)
or drive around block and then idle it and just look.
you will see the leak. 12 lbs is plenty of test pressure , really.

if not ,then the you have a bad head gasket or cracked block or head.
are you running the proper ration of Antifreeze and water.
they sell a Radiator Hydrometer for $2 at most stores.

there is another test kit that attaches to the rad cap called the combustion gas tester.
if you have any leak at all, from water jacket to cylinder , it will show this fact.
looking in the overflow tank for brown or worse black soot is another clue.

the tick is to not leave the drive way, so you can see the puddle.

a compression test may help too. all cylinders must be equal. look careful.


look at all hoses , even the hidden ones, and on the right side, fire will inside and outside for the green puddles near the Cab heater radiator.
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A quick test:
Have someone drive and follow around in another car. If you see white smoke come out of the tailpipe on accelleration then you have a head leak.

If thats not it, and the above static drip test doesn't work. Then you have to go to the first mentioned pressure test.

Have you checked the oil for water contamination ("chocolate milk" looking oil)?
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thanks you guys -ive got this sidekick on an island in the bahamas and two blondes decided to take it to lighthouse beach at the southern tip of the island today and not check the fluid. they arrived back with the vehicle overheating and i no longer have a problem finding leaks. im seeing one on hoses that go to the heater core and im hoping the other one is coming from the heater core itself. i sure hope they didnt fry it. can i join the heater hoses together and bypass the core?
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You're in the Bahamas with a pair of blondes?

You just lost any sympathy I had for you.
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yah mon the bahamas is great but the two blondes are nothing but trouble! im sort of isolated so getting suzuki stuff is a bit of a song and a dance. i couldnt even find anyone with a radiator pressure cap so i could pump it up. but the fishing is awesome!.
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for 2 blonds Id burn down 2 Visa cards.
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jtgh-if these two blondes cooked my suzuki i will pay someone to take them away!
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