After searching through many posts here trying to see if I can get an answer to my question, I have yet to find something similar to my problem. If this ends up being a repeat, please feel free to direct me to a post that can help my problem
My 97 Saturn (almost 200,000 miles) has been having trouble keeping the coolant in the tank. When it first started, I popped the hood and could see it steaming out from the cap. I took it to a mechanic and they told me it was just an old/faulty cap and replaced it. However, shortly after having that on (only a week) it started steaming and hissing from the same place. It always does it when I’ve been driving for at least 10 min and in traffic when it’s slower than 45 mph. Whenever I go faster, the engine seems to be able to keep cooler and I don’t have a problem.
Now jump to this morning. I drove two minutes to my destination, missed a parking spot, so I backed up and drove in. As I pull in, my coolant light turns on to tell me it’s depleted (after just filling it full the night before). I check the engine and can smell the coolant but see no hissing or steaming out the cap. I look underneath the car and can see it dripping from the opposite side of where the main coolant tank is where I fill it up. There is also a short trail of coolant behind me from where I changed from reverse to drive again. From just a visual inspection, I can’t see where the leak is origination, but I couldn’t get fully underneath the vehicle. I attached some photos (one so can see how steady the leak was when I was pulling back and forward) and also a short video to give you better angles.
I want to take the vehicle in again, but am wary since the original fix of a new cap (I actually went through 3 caps in less than a year, but I have trouble believing Saturn is that bad at making coolant caps) didn’t seem to be the original problem. Can anyone give me any advice on what the problem may be so when I approach either the same mechanic, or a new one, I can ask the right questions?