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About 2 weeks ago i walked out of my house one morning and found a huge puddle of coolant by my front drivers wheel. I took the pan off and looked around for leaks and found one near the bottom of the radiator where the hose from the radiator and a hose from the coolant tank are clamped together. I dealt with the situation for a while just by filling it up until it got low, but last night it overheated while i was on the interstate. So i called up a local jiffy lube thinking all i needed were a couple new hoses and a flush. They call back the same day saying there is a leak in the radiator and that i need to replace the belts because they were soaked in the coolant.

I can believe that ther might be a hole in the radiator but i still highly doubt it, and i really dont believe that i need new belts, for a new radiator and new hoses + labor they quoted me at $625. Do you guys think i should just ask them to replace the hoses and see if that fixes the problem?
 

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thebelts can be somewhat undertstndable, while they are ON the car.
if there really is a radiator issue dousing down the belts, then the liquidwill reduce the traction it hs on the pulleys.
take em off.
clean em.
as for the radiator.... do you watch mythbusters? heh.
 

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The radiator is about $175. The serpentine belt about $20 might need replaced if its saturated in coolant and the lower hose is about $30 both fairly easy DIY. You should be able to see if the hose is leaking or if the coolant is coming from above the hose. Also, I wouldn't let Jiffy lube work on my car. I'd take it to a good Indy.
 

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I agree with Ken... don't let Jiffy Lube do this. I doubt their techs would know what G12 coolant was if they took a bath in it. Take it to a VW-specialist indy.

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Most places like that tend to think that Prestone's "Any Color" anti-freeze will work w/ our cars....and they are wrong. Check the resivoir, if it looks any color other than red or purple (purple is the new replacement for G12 IIRC) then you have issues.
 

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Most places like that tend to think that Prestone's "Any Color" anti-freeze will work w/ our cars....and they are wrong. Check the resivoir, if it looks any color other than red or purple (purple is the new replacement for G12 IIRC) then you have issues.
Correct old G12 was a pinkish red and new G12 is purple.
 

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Correct old G12 was a pinkish red and new G12 is purple.

When did the color change? Herman Cook VW flushed my cooling system in December 2004 and refilled with pink/red "old" G12.
 

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I agree with Ken... don't let Jiffy Lube do this. I doubt their techs would know what G12 coolant was if they took a bath in it. Take it to a VW-specialist indy.

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Even that isn't foolproof. My 1996 Audi A4 came with G11, but had been properly flushed and converted to G12 sometime before I bought it a year ago. I just had a very well-regarded indy flush the system after changing the thermostat, the oil cooler, and a couple of hoses, and whatever they put in is GREEN. (I don't even want to contemplate what *-Lube might have put in. :) ) The moral of the story is don't assume anything, even when dealing with a professional.

Since *-Lube did your work, count your belly pan fasteners and replace any missing ones, before you drop the thing on the freeway.
 

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When did the color change? Herman Cook VW flushed my cooling system in December 2004 and refilled with pink/red "old" G12.

There's a TSB in the Bentley that covers it all. IIRC you can mix them w/o issues but the new color is purple instead of red, but I'm sure dealers still have old stock of red g12. I'm not sure if it has a shelf life, but if it does they are probably trying to get rid of old stock before they start pushing the purple one.


If you're interested the TSB is Group 19 # 02-01 and written on Dec 20, 2002.
Purple PN - G012 A8F A4
Pink/Red PN - ZVW 237 G12

All it says is that purple replaces the pink/red and can be mixed w/ it, but do not mix with green or replace the green for either pink or purple
 
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