My car has had issues with the “low coolant” light coming on for over a year. No one could ever find a leak, the coolant level was always pretty good, and I never had a puddle.
Recently, my mechanic suspected it was the heater core. Since I earn early childhood teacher wages, I couldn’t afford to have it fixed. As a temporary solution, he bypassed the heater core in order to buy me some time. Now, I have no heat or defrost, in northern Indiana, YAY! But also, the leak has gone out of control! I have to put coolant in daily, and I always have a puddle under my car when I am leaving work at the end of the day.
My car’s newest trick is smoke, coming from under the hood, and the fresh smell of burning coolant. However, temperature is fine, at least that’s what the gauge says.
What is going on!?! And is there a cheap fix for it? I mean besides running it off of a cliff? I’m poor, and I need my car!
Thanks anyone and everyone with some words of wisdom!