Large Coolant Leak From Engine

I drive a 2001 Ford Focus ZTS with ~133000. I just recently filled up my coolant reservoir with 50/50 coolant. 2 days later I needed to fill it again. I went through an entire jug of coolant in 4 days. It seems to be leaking from the top of the engine and the engine runs slightly rough and has a hard time starting some days (more often recently). How bad is it doc?


It sounds like you may have a blown head gasket

That car needs to go to a shop ASAP if you want even the slightest chance of saving the engine

+1 to db’s post.
Make haste to your favorite reputable shop.

The OP should bear in mind that “reputable” rarely includes chain operations like Midas, Meineke, Monro, Sears, Pep Boys, NTB, or…<>…AAMCO. Go to a local independent mechanic with a good reputation.

Top of engine Could be hose leak or thermostat o-ring leak.

mrbarry, do you SEE any coolant leaking on the ground? Is there a puddle of coolant under the car? How about your exhaust, is there any white sweet-smelling smoke?