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Update On Coolant Leak, Plus New Questions...


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Thanks to the folks that responded to the post about my coolant leak. I now have a couple more questions for anyone that has had a cap failure versus a coolant tank failure.

1. If the cap failed, wouldn't the area around the cap be wet? I have the blue cap, and I don't see a part number on it.

2. If the coolant tank is the culprit (this is what I think anyway...) is there a way to tell without starting the car and physically looking for a leak? I don't want any head-gasket failures just to make a diagnosis. I want to have the option of ordering Porsche OEM parts online to save some cash over what the dealer will charge... it looks like at least 20-30% savings.

3. What color is the Porsche approved coolant? The coolant that has appeared around the tank is orange-ish (similar to the stuff Mercedes uses) but the fluid on the garage floor has a slight greenish tinge. The 15K and 30K service intervals do not indicate that you need to change this fluid. Odd.

Thanks.

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1. If there is no part number on the cap then I suggest you replace it as it may not even be the right cap. A new cap is only about $20 MSRP - cheap insurance in my book.

2. You would need to pressure test the system with the car off. Obviously check the hoses on the under side of the car - but a leaking hose would not get the trunk wet -- so I think you need a new tank.

3. Porsche used two different coolants one was greenish-brown and the other was pink. Porsche coolants CAN be mixed. Porsche states that their coolant is "lifetime" as long as it is not contaminated.

Do not mix other coolants with Porsche coolants or you could end up with jello.

Either use Porsche coolant (or OEM equal) or change all of the coolant to the new brand (which is a bigger job than most think).

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Thanks to the folks that responded to the post about my coolant leak. I now have a couple more questions for anyone that has had a cap failure versus a coolant tank failure.

1. If the cap failed, wouldn't the area around the cap be wet? I have the blue cap, and I don't see a part number on it.

2. If the coolant tank is the culprit (this is what I think anyway...) is there a way to tell without starting the car and physically looking for a leak? I don't want any head-gasket failures just to make a diagnosis. I want to have the option of ordering Porsche OEM parts online to save some cash over what the dealer will charge... it looks like at least 20-30% savings.

3. What color is the Porsche approved coolant? The coolant that has appeared around the tank is orange-ish (similar to the stuff Mercedes uses) but the fluid on the garage floor has a slight greenish tinge. The 15K and 30K service intervals do not indicate that you need to change this fluid. Odd.

Thanks.

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If the cap vents, there will be moisture on the trunk lid and possibly drops around the cap. This isn't necessarily a failure, the cap is meant to let off pressure.

You can take a pressure tester on loan from most auto parts stores. This allows you to pressurize the system without running the car to try to find the leak.

They've changed to coolant color a couple of times, I think it's been pink and yellow.

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Thanks to the folks that responded to the post about my coolant leak. I now have a couple more questions for anyone that has had a cap failure versus a coolant tank failure.

1. If the cap failed, wouldn't the area around the cap be wet? I have the blue cap, and I don't see a part number on it.

2. If the coolant tank is the culprit (this is what I think anyway...) is there a way to tell without starting the car and physically looking for a leak? I don't want any head-gasket failures just to make a diagnosis. I want to have the option of ordering Porsche OEM parts online to save some cash over what the dealer will charge... it looks like at least 20-30% savings.

3. What color is the Porsche approved coolant? The coolant that has appeared around the tank is orange-ish (similar to the stuff Mercedes uses) but the fluid on the garage floor has a slight greenish tinge. The 15K and 30K service intervals do not indicate that you need to change this fluid. Odd.

Thanks.

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If the cap vents, there will be moisture on the trunk lid and possibly drops around the cap. This isn't necessarily a failure, the cap is meant to let off pressure.

You can take a pressure tester on loan from most auto parts stores. This allows you to pressurize the system without running the car to try to find the leak.

They've changed to coolant color a couple of times, I think it's been pink and yellow.

Had it towed to the dealer. It was the tank, it had a crack in a seam. The car has never had anything but Porsche service, and it was fully documented, yet the dealer claims the coolant is not correct for the car. I had the system flushed just to be sure. Additionally, I was in a shadowy garage... there was a part number on the cap, it was the correct cap from the build of the car. Of course, the dealer also wanted to add on a bunch of crap to the service since they had the car captive... it had an oil change service in September and has been driven less than 400 miles, yet they told me the oil should be changed. *rolls eyes*

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