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Old 06-05-2007, 08:16 PM   #1
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I was driving normally, no hard acceleration or anything like that, and when I stopped and shut off my car, I heard a bubbling sound coming from the engine compartment. I popped the hood and saw that the coolant was boiling. I'm pretty sure that'* not supposed to happen. Please help.
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Where was it boiling from, the recovery bottle? Have you ever used any stop leak at all?

Sounds to me like your coolant is not circulating. Either the water pump failed or something is blocking the flow, clogged somewhere.
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It was boiling in the bottle, but it I just looked at it and it looks like it'* leaking out in the engine compartment.
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It was boiling in the bottle, but it I just looked at it and it looks like it'* leaking out in the engine compartment.
Where specifically is the source of the leak? Is the rad cap secured in place properly? It sounds as if the cooling system is open to atmosphere.
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What is the temperature gauge reading?
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If there is a leak, it'* either coming from the hose from the recovery bottle or from the recovery bottle itself. I haven't driven it at all today. I checked it a little while ago and the bottle was completely dry and I could see a puddle on the strut (I guess that'* what its called). Also, when I turn the a/c on, I can smell coolant. It hasn't overheated yet, never getting above 200.
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I hope what happened was your system pushed air to the bottle and you mistook that for boiling..when your car was merely farting underwater.

Locate the leak and get it fixed up. Keep an eye on it for leaks/boiling/any other issues.
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