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Old 07-29-2015, 03:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Suzuki every van overheating having to replace coolant every 2 week?

Hi guys me again I'm having to top up my coolant every 2-3 weeks is this normal? Since it's a 660cc and that there are a few hills in Cornwall where I live?

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Hi guys me again I'm having to top up my coolant every 2-3 weeks is this normal? Since it's a 660cc and that there are a few hills in Cornwall where I live?

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That is not normal. Maybe we can discuss it in a new thread if mods can move this new topic (makes it easier for others to search in the future)..

I would start with the usual suspects...

Hoses... check the connectors to make sure there is no oxidation or slightly bloated hoses - which could indicate a steam leak while driving...

If in doubt - replaced hose will save you many headaches down the road ...
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If you are replacing coolant every 2-3 weeks and are not seeing any fluid underneath, then it seems to me that you have a leaking head gasket.

Check whether your oil is a milky color or if you have a white smoke coming out the exhaust once the engine is warm. Another tell-tale sign is a distinct "sweet" odor.

Replace head gasket.
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Old 07-29-2015, 02:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How much would a gasket cost? Plus I'm based in the UK parts are a nightmare as it is - thank you for your help
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If you are replacing coolant every 2-3 weeks and are not seeing any fluid underneath, then it seems to me that you have a leaking head gasket.
I'd say that's quite a conclusion you're jumping to there.

I've personally experienced more than one cooling system leak that never had any coolant underneath - in one case it was a crack in a radiator tube - no leakage until the system was hot & pressurized, and the stream of coolant was so fine that it was almost invisible - I only found it because the hot water discolored the plastic it was spraying onto. In another, it was a cracked top hose, again only leaking with the system hot & pressurized.

A head gasket problem is just one of many possibilities.
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I'd say that's quite a conclusion you're jumping to there.

I've personally experienced more than one cooling system leak that never had any coolant underneath - in one case it was a crack in a radiator tube - no leakage until the system was hot & pressurized, and the stream of coolant was so fine that it was almost invisible - I only found it because the hot water discolored the plastic it was spraying onto. In another, it was a cracked top hose, again only leaking with the system hot & pressurized.

A head gasket problem is just one of many possibilities.
You are correct that these could be factors to consider as well, but I am assuming that the OP has already performed a visual inspection of the engine and radiator areas. Also, external coolant leaking is usually only visible if the vehicle is parked on a hard surface (ie. concrete or asphalt), or int he same spot repeatedly. If it is in the country on dirt or grass, then one may never see it.

Milky oil would be the telling sign for a leaking head gasket though.
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Having a pressure test done tomorrow so we shall see- oil is not milky - I will post tomorrow! Fingers crossed it's a hose or something- lucky I work for a garage so labour is free - thank god!! Can't enjoy my van every thing has been a nightmare since I had it ! Thank you everyone massive help :relaxed:
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Greetings! How about the overflow tank and hose?
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My Family's Suzuki van was also losing coolant constantly about a year ago, nothing would leak out when you put it in but it would loose it while you drove. Turned out to be a small hole in the top of the radiator. Patched it up with some steel putty and it hasn't lost a drop since.
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My Family's Suzuki van was also losing coolant constantly about a year ago, nothing would leak out when you put it in but it would loose it while you drove. Turned out to be a small hole in the top of the radiator. Patched it up with some steel putty and it hasn't lost a drop since.

Can you inform us HOW you located the leak ? In the past discoloration / oxidation allowed me to find these high-temperature only leaks...

is there another way that helped you ? the OP may find it useful .
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