Three months ago purchased a 95 Winstar at auction cheap to use at as a
backup vehicle just to drive when one of our cars is in the shop, etc. I
religiously check all the fluids. Vehicle is parked on a concrete pad and
I have never noticed a leak. On Sunday made a 90 mile trip and the
temperature gage jumped to the top. Pulled over and checked the radiator -
resevoir was full and the radiator cap was not even warm. Cranked the car
and the gage while high was within the normal range. Finished the last 10
miles of the trip.
Four hours later when we left I checked and the resevoir was empty and
there was no fluid visible in the radiator. As it was raining could not
see any fluid under the car. Took a gallon of antifreeze/water to fill the
radiator and bring the resevoir back to full. Cranked the car and let it
run - no visible leaks. Decided to take a chance and go back home. No
problems. Temperature gage never make it over 1/3 up the gage. Next
morning checked the fluid and and radiator is full and resevoir is normal.
After keeping the car my mechanic and pressurizing the system the only
thing they found was minor weeping from the timing cover. Told me to drive
it watch it and he would give me an estimate on the cost, which would be
expensive. He acted like it wasn't a big deal if I didn't do it right now
and I might want to just drive it and keep an eye on the fluid levels for a
week or so.
No almost nothing about cars, but what I witnessed does not jibe with a
"slow leak". Any thoughts.
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