coolant line?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by J Swain, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. J Swain

    J Swain Guest


    I have a 2001 LW300 with >140K miles and recently the coolant level was
    low enough to turn on the warning light. I was due for LOF anyway, so I
    brought it in to the dealer to have it checked. They told me that
    during a pressure test on the system the tech noticed a leak in the
    engine cooling line. They put in the sealant tabs on the chance that it
    would work, but if it doesn't, they say that the cooling line is >$500
    and the labor is ~$500, so it's a $1050 to fix. Can anyone decribe what
    the cooling line is that would justify it being so expensive? Most of
    the time the repair parts for Saturn are reasonable when compared with
    other cars, but this seems high....

    J Swain, Apr 28, 2004
  2. Either the dealer's behind on boat payments, or it somehow involves some
    magical Saturn part (Go figure, some of the pigtails for the electric
    system are $30), or it's one of those parts located in a stupid spot
    because the bean counters at GM won the 'how often will this break that
    it needs to have easy access???' argument with engineering. I had a
    wagon like that - you had to drop the fucking engine to change the power
    steering rack. Naturally, the PS rack design was flawed so it broke
    about 10,000 out of warranty...

    Whatever the heck is a sealant tab, anyway?

    In any case, I'm guessing this is just a leaky hose. If so, find a
    better dealer, buy the hose, swap yourself. Cost you under 100, and you
    can flush out the Dexcrud and put real antifreeze in there
    Philip Nasadowski, Apr 28, 2004
  3. J Swain

    Blah blah Guest

    2001 LW300
    Which engine? 2.2 or 3.0?

    Mostly made of walnut husk or ginger root. They've been used for
    decades. They fill in holes and harden when exposed to air. Dealers way
    of fixing things without fixing things. Its often why dexcool looks so
    bad. Good coolant, poor gaskets. They throw that in weather you know it
    or not and turns your system to slush and clogs your heater core because
    air is in or still getting in the system.
    I doubt its a rubber hose, sealant tabs wont work there. Its probably a
    3.0l engine with an aluminum pipe routed around everything acting as a
    bypass, throttle body heater, or something. Dexcool is not the source of
    his problem! Conventional coolant if not changed every year will just
    eat up all the aluminum parts and then they will have a lot more leaks
    to play with. Have fun with that switch.
    Blah blah, Apr 28, 2004
  4. Yeah, but it's been the source of plenty. There's already class actions
    being revved up, and the whole industry argues left and right about how
    good / bad / ugly Dexcrap is. Try googling for the stuff some day. If
    it's so great, why are so many having big problems with it?
    Philip Nasadowski, Apr 28, 2004
  5. J Swain

    Blah blah Guest

    Yippie google searches, find anything and everything bad about the
    world. Welcome to the internet where anyone can be a news reporter or an
    expert... Look how far those people have gotten with those home made
    webpages. Look at their background. Ever hear bad news travels fast? It
    travels real fast through the mouths of automotive-ignorant people with
    personal vendetta's. I dont get automotive advice from bigoted tripod
    pages. If one was to look at actual root causes such as leaks, poor
    mantinance, poor shop service, etc etc then the blaim would no longer
    fall on dexcool. The systems I maintain have never fallen into the state
    those poor souls have allowed their systems to fall into. All my systems
    have "always" looked like fruit punch, not mult shakes. The ones that
    look bad have got or had leaks at some point and werent kept filled or
    had the air worked out of them.
    I've had 100% success fixing the leaks in those trouble systems, doing
    some mild flushing, and refilling them with dexcool. They go the entire
    life cycle of the coolant without problems. No stopleak added either. I
    hate symptom fixing.
    Blah blah, Apr 28, 2004
  6. J Swain

    J Swain Guest

    They called them's the chemical tablets that they use to try
    to stop the leak internally.
    I have had a Saturn since 1997 and have had all my work done at this
    one, with postive results for the most part.
    I may have another Saturn dealership give me a second opinion....

    J Swain, Apr 30, 2004
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