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Old 17 Feb 2017, 09:09 am
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Any help would be wonderful. I'm a very smart girl, but know little about cars. My 2003 PT is leaking out of the bottom of the passanger side of the radiator. It is coming out of what looks like some kind of circle shaped plug or seal of some kind. It looks like part of the radiator but I am not sure. I am uploading a photo in my album on my profile unless i can attach it this post.
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Old 17 Feb 2017, 09:18 am
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Welcome to the forum.

Is your PT Cruiser a base or turbo?
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Old 17 Feb 2017, 09:24 am
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I am not sure. It is a Limited Addition model. Does that help?
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Old 17 Feb 2017, 09:26 am
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I uploades an image of where it is leaking in my gallery.
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you need to make the gallery public. it says no images

it sounds like you're talking about the drain plug on the radiator. it twists 1/4 turn to close.


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you need to make the gallery public. it says no images

it sounds like you're talking about the drain plug on the radiator. it twists 1/4 turn to close.

She said passenger side, drain plug is on the drivers side.

The radiator sits on 2 rubber plugs...1 on each side...but when you have a radiator leak, it tends to run down the lower support till it finds a way out.
Really your leak could be anywhere along the radiator.

Can you or someone else do a Coolant Pressure Test..??
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Old 17 Feb 2017, 11:11 am
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What tools does that require? It happened after i felt the low bumper hit one of those partitions in a parking spot. It scraped the plastic and when i got out of the csr it was all pouring out. I am not sure if i caused this?
I will recheck my photos now and change the settings.
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Old 17 Feb 2017, 11:12 am
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I would have to walk you through your tax interview on the phone to find out what the issue is.
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Old 17 Feb 2017, 11:19 am
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If i add more fluid, it all pours out immediately. Can bumping a concrete stopper with the low bumper cause this? I purchased the car last September and i believe it had been sitting parked for some time. The a/c was terribly clogged and all the brakes were trashed. The heating core is completely removed. Not sure why? Is it easier to replace the entire radiator?
Thanks so much for the input.
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Old 17 Feb 2017, 11:28 am
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What tools does that require? It happened after i felt the low bumper hit one of those partitions in a parking spot. It scraped the plastic and when i got out of the csr it was all pouring out. I am not sure if i caused this?
I will recheck my photos now and change the settings.



It possible you damaged the Radiator Lower Support, this is a pic of mine when I replaced it. Top is new bottom is old damaged part.

Radiator Lower Support.jpg

It's gonna be hard to say exactly without seeing pics...it might be easier if you have someone under car while you pour in some water to see where it's coming from.
My guess would be that you either cracked the radiator as it is plastic...or maybe ripped the lower hose off.
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