So back last year in the summer I had a problem with the car overheating and loosing coolant. I’ve had the thermostat and coolant sensor switch replaced by mechanic $500. It worked okay for about a 2 weeks and then it started to overheat. I was thinking about getting a new car but decided to not give up on since it is cheaper using this car for now.
My father suggested his cousin that works on cars to look at it. He said the radiator was cracked and he replaced it for $100 and I bought the radiator for $100 and It worked great, until last week. It was very cold 3am morning before I had to head to work. I noticed my air was blowing cold so I thought maybe once I drove off that it would heat up faster. As I drove for about 10 mins, I noticed the car overheating to the red mark. I had to pull over. I let the car cool off and started driving again but it kept overheating. I went to a Walmart and bought some coolant. Put it in, it continued to overheat.
So the next day everything was fine. My car didn’t overheat anymore and My heat was working again, but I noticed a slow leak leak but never saw any coolant on the ground. Now fast forward to today, I’ve checked my oil and it looked fine, but the coolant reservoir was low. So I topped it off and as I was putting coolant in it, there was a lot of coolant on the ground so im finally seeing the leak and I’m leak is bigger. Now I don’t really want to drive it anymore.
Do you think this car is done? Could the radiator went bad again? Could it be a water pump, I don’t think it’s been replaced, I mean this is a 16 year old car, but it only has 65k miles. Or do you think it could be something worse such a blown head gasket.