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Is this normal or a leaking radiator? Water behind the front grill


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I just spotted a small puddle near the radiator behind the front grill. All temps are normal and I am hoping it's the water runoff from the rain we had last night.. the only thing is it's been sunny all day today and it didn't seem to dry out. Any thoughts anyone? IMG_20220905_180903.thumb.jpg.8a46ceccf69373db267481d2be0f5caf.jpg

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Is it still leaking ? check you header tank level, try poking it with a stick and taste it, if it sweet is radiator coolant and is your air-con working as it could be the condenser leaking.

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Thanks all. I will have to test it tomorrow. Is there are chance at all for rain water to get there. The car is parked on a slope facing forward if that matters 

 

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Yes, rain water can find its way pretty much everywhere. And that particular spot doesn't have any direct drainage, so it will puddle until it evaporates, or rolls off during motion. 

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If that's where I think it is and you are on the slope then the rain is probably going in the top vents near the 'frunk', through the radiators and then puddling in there. Go for a drive and it'll go away, I wouldn't worry too much about it TBH.

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Mine lives outside and I find puddles of water in there all the time. In fact, there's a visible tidemark on the ducting as the seal against the metalwork at the rear is very tight and the water can't drain out. Given enough time with dry conditions, albeit an extremely rare event up here in t'north, it does eventually dissipate.

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I took it out for a spin this morning, all temps etc looked good, so I think it must be the rain water. And the water dried out, but since then it's been raining again 🤣

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