Join Date: Oct 2012
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Coolant leaking from Radiator/Spray
I have a '00 Outback I just bought 2 months ago. Had it taken in for an oil leak out of the cam seals and the mechanic mentioned I had a small coolant leak that was nothing to worry about but that there was also some corrosion on my water pump but thought I'd be fine leaving it.
Fast forward ONE day and I notice small amounts of steam/smoke coming from under the hood. Didn't have time to check it out but when I got back in town the next day, she began to steam again. Saw that the steam is apparently coming from my radiator. I had leaked almost all my coolant and replaced it with water. I've gone down about 2 inches of water in the reservoir over 24 hours. I noticed coolant kinda sprayed all over the radiator, parts of the engine block/belt as well as puddles on the underside engine cover.
It appears there is coolant leaking out of the TOP of the radiator and leaking down from there. I am assuming the spray is a result of the fans spraying the leaking coolant from above? I haven't been able to get under and see if it's leaking from points underneath as well but does it sound like I am simply looking at needing to replace the radiator? Or could it have something to do with the water pump my mechanic was saying was a little rough or more than that? The radiator cap is a little loose as well and I am planning on getting a new one to see if that helps.
Any help would be appreciated, I'm trying to self diagnose and repair since I just dropped $400 2 days ago. Thanks!