Losing coolant in freezing weather startups...headgasket?

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Losing coolant in freezing weather startups...headgasket?

Postby 98_Q45 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:25 pm

Ever since I’ve moved the Q to a colder climate, I’ve noticed I’ve been periodically winding up to an empty coolant reservoir. For the most part, I’ve not needed to add much coolant over the year I’ve had it. Occasionally I would need to top up, but no visual leaks otherwise.

But this is just another cold weather startup issue I’m having. Cabin fills with fuel smell, and noticing in freezing temps even seeing steam coming from the hood near the windshield after driving short distance. After topping up and a road trip, I do not have to add any coolant.

Someone told me it’s a sign of headgasket failure. So far though, no overheating...Would a headgasket repair in a bottle be any good at this point?


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Re: Losing coolant in freezing weather startups...headgasket?

Postby Q451990 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:28 am

I'd find the actual leak before resorting to a "fix in a bottle" approach. If you're having trouble finding it, the parts stores have a loaner tool that lets you pressurize the cooling system.

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Re: Losing coolant in freezing weather startups...headgasket?

Postby 98_Q45 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:44 pm

Thanks for the tip. I think it’s time to run a compression test on the coolant. Trying to avoid another major fix.


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