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Old 05-16-2014, 09:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Did my Alero just bite the big one?

I leave it parked in my driveway, I was pulling out of my driveway when I noticed all of my coolant was dumped. I am starting to think head gasket but I am not sure. I can't find any trace of the leak anywhere.
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Did one of your heater lines blow? Lower return hose? Frost plug? Any weird sounds or any other symptoms?
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Old 05-16-2014, 10:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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probably not a head gasket if it dumped out overnight while not running, check hoses. Also try refilling and cranking it up quickly, look for leaks then.

Normally a blown head gasket will dump exhaust gas into your water, will make it boil over/overheat.
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Normally a blown head gasket will dump exhaust gas into your water, will make it boil over/overheat.
I once had a blown head gasket dump the coolant into the engine oil... Regardless, yeah doesn't sound like the source for the Alero's trouble.
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Old 05-16-2014, 10:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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water pump?
freeze plug?
rad hoses?
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Old 05-16-2014, 10:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would say hoses. a Water pump going out makes a horrific grinding, squealing noise.
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I am going to check hoses when I get home, thanks for the help guys.
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Check the oil for coolant foam.

A quick google search shows that the intake manifold gasket failing is a common problem for the Alero. At worst, the coolant can get mixed with the oil. Not good to be driving around like that.
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Old 05-19-2014, 10:49 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I checked the oil but that does not appear to be the problem. I did have the intake manifold replaced a year or so ago.
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Fill it with water and see where it pours out?
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