Chevy Cavalier Coolant Leak Camp Lejeune NC

I have a questions about my 2000 Chevy Cavalier. My coolant is leaking (takes about 2 months before the coolant light comes on). So far I have had the hoses replaced (mechanic #1) and a new thermosat put in (mechanic #2). The most recent mechanic (#3) said that it could be a head gasket but he wasn't positive, it was a guess.

Black's Tire & Auto Service
(910) 938-9643
472 Western Boulevard
Jacksonville, NC
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Tire Shop Equipment & Supplies

East Side Cycle
(910) 577-3381
1121 Lake Cole Road
Midway Park, NC
Services
Motorcycle Fabrication,Motorcycle Repair

THE WINDSHIELD REPAIR WIZARD
(252) 670-6637
1250 Western Blvd
Jacksonville, NC
Services
Auto Glass Repair,Mobile Auto Repair

EZ Ryde Auto Center
(910) 455-1315
2405 N Marine Blvd
Jacksonville, NC
 
Jimmy's Auto Service
(910) 353-9343
2457 Lejeune Blvd
Jacksonville, NC
Specialty
Brakes, General Automotive Repair
Hours
Mon:8:00 am-6:30 pm
Tue:8:00 am-6:30 pm
Wed:8:00 am-6:30 pm
Thu:8:00 am-6:30 pm
Fri:8:00 am-6:30 pm
Sat:(Closed)
Sun:(Closed)
Payment
Cash, Check, Credit Card

City of Jacksonville Fleet Maintenance
(910) 938-5229, 001-2004
350-C South Marine Boulevard
Jacksonville, NC
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Data Provided by:
Jeffs Automotive
(910) 989-4588
2778 Piney Green Road
Midway Park, NC
Services
Auto Inspection,Emissions Testing,Mufflers Repair

Meineke Car Care Center - Auto Repair
(910) 347-7746
1319 Country Club Road
Jacksonville, NC
Hours
Monday through Friday-7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday-7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday-Closed

Imports Plus
(910) 347-7587
1615 Lejeune Blvd
Jacksonville, NC
 
Auto Illusions
(910) 347-7800
198 Drummer Kellum Rd
Jacksonville, NC
 
Data Provided by:

Chevy Cavalier Coolant Leak

Provided by:

Reader Question I have a questions about my 2000 Chevy Cavalier. My coolant is leaking (takes about 2 months before the coolant light comes on). So far I have had the hoses replaced (mechanic #1) and a new thermosat put in (mechanic #2). The most recent mechanic (#3) said that it could be a head gasket but he wasn't positive, it was a guess.

That's a big $$$ replacement for a guess. He had it under pressure for about 6 hours, but couldn't find the leak. I know it is leaking because the coolant light comes on, the temp goes up, and of course I can see that it is low and that the fluid is on my driveway.

No one can seem to fix my car. Have you heard this problem before? Do you have any other ideas? My insurance quote is attached...thanks!

Hi there,

I think you need to see ONE MORE mechanic..one is a little more qualified than the others. It does sound like you have an EXTERNAL coolant leak somewhere...radiator, water pump, intake manifold etc. etc. but probably NOT a head gasket problem. You said you can see coolant on the driveway…so this SHOULD be an external leak, and your mechanic SHOULD be able to see this leak with a cooling system pressure tester.

I would go to another repair shop...or the dealership and get them to pressure test your cooling system again, tell them this is a slow leak and they might want to keep pressure on the system for the day or overnight to locate the leak.

I have seen a few leaky water pumps that would not leak during a normal cooling system pressure test for hours but would begin to leak as the engine was running. You usually perform a cooling system pressure test with the engine off...so a leaky water pump might go undetected.

To read the full article, visit Myhonestmechanic.com