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Old 08-25-2005, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default Man Im paranoid, Coolant loss over 2 months is normal right?

I changed all my coolant and hoses about 2 months ago and I had to add some today to get it over the FULL COLD mark.

Thats normal right?
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How much did you add?

From what I've heard is that Dex is pretty typical to burn off. My dad'* car, and the 2 vans we have at work are always a lil low after a few months.

Depending on the amount that you added I guess I could contribute this to being typical usage?
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Probably added a cups worth

Im just browsing and reading the upper intake failure posts. I hope its not that
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if my car was using a gallon a month I would be worried that isn't normal. Coolant actual the water can evaporat over time. Espacailly when it get hot over the summer month. I think your car is fine. When the cavailer had bad head it didn't even use gallon months more like 3 quarts a months.
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Comfy, which type of coolant do you have in the car (Dexcool "red/orange" or regular "green"). Like Lakeville mentioned Dex is known to burn off or evaporate.

My Dexcool experience: I flushed and redid my system at most two months ago and I've added a cup twice since. Same type of situation with my pickup.

Keep an eye on the ground, look for wet hoses, we areas on the radiator or frame, also check your oil periodically and look for any milky whiteness and foaming on the dipstick. If you have none of those symptons, you should be able to consider it burn off or evaporation.
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It sounds to me that you're slowly experiencing an Upper Intake and/or lower intake gasket failure.

There'* TONS of information here on how to fix the problem. It'* not too big of a job and could be done by a shadetree mechanic, following a Chilton'* manual.
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It is normal for a certain amount of coolant to be considered burn off( evaporating )... In reality you should use next to nothing for coolant... I have driven 2500 ish miles in pretty hot weather and still have not used any...

If you are consuming coolant, you need to be very watchful of the coolant level... If the coolant usage increases than you have a problem...

For now just keep a watchful eye on the coolant level

Also some of that may have taken up for small bubbles in the system... After you replace the hoses, and refill the system it will be normal for you to seemingly loose a bit of coolant over the next several driving cycles...

What you put back for 2 months is not bad at all... But be watchful untill you know the level is stable

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If you didn't bleed the air out of the system after you last drained and changed the coolant, then having to add a little more (once) to top it off is normal.
If, however, the coolant level continues to drop slowly over time, then there is a small internal or external leak somewhere.
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I havn't added a drop of Dex to my car. It allways stays full since I did the gaskets and added 1/4 bottle Bars.
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Sounds fine. Every 3 months I have to add a little more oil and coolant, nothing major though
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