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Old 09-17-2008, 06:26 AM   #1
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Coolant Leaking (slowly)

I am brand new to the forum so be patient with me!

My 03' 9-5 ARC (89k miles) started losing a little coolant over the summer. I added maybe 20 oz overall. I checked the car as best as I could and could not see a leak. However, I took it to the dealer for an oil change last week so it could have a once-over before I took the car on a trip.

They (dealer) said that my water pump was leaking, thermostat too, and coolant had leaked and dried onto the block.... Big price tag to fix. So, I take it to the family mechanic and he did a pressure test. Same results, he said there is a leak between the head and the block. Also, a big price indicated.

Has anyone else had this trouble? Is is common?

I checked with SAAB USA and there weren't any specific warranty citations or recalls regarding this.

Any help is appreciated-
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Old 09-17-2008, 06:53 AM   #2
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sounds like you already got it diagnosed, I was going to suggest looking at the coolant bypass valve, those tend to be the first place to look when coolant goes missing as they seem to be failure prone.
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I second checking the coolant bypass valve. Went on my 95 Wagon at about 100K miles. It's a slow leak depending on how far open the valve is stuck. The part can be obtained at your dealership and the best part is you can do it in your driveway with some basic tools. I had a little trouble getting my arms back there but I'm a pretty big guy.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:25 PM   #4
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Those coolant valves for the heater I think every car has had one! If not the original is leaking.
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If you stand in front of the car and look at the engine the close corner on the rh side (technically the front lh side of engine) is where the leak usually happen. It is common for the bolts to loose clamping force and the head gets a little loose in that spot.
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