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Old 12-15-2011, 02:53 PM   #1
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Disappearing Antifreeze???

I have no leaks, nothing coming from the exhaust, new cap, new overflow bottle, new thermostat...no antifreeze in oil...where is it going I am baffled! Anyone here in Georgia that can offer some advice. I am a lady and new to Jeeps. I have a 2000 Wrangler Sport 4.0 Automatic.

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Old 12-15-2011, 06:18 PM   #2
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Check your oil dipstick and see if there's any mocha colored fluid anywhere on the stick.. also check under the oil cap for the same.. you might run the jeep for a few minutes first or check it after you've driven it.. let me know what you find :-)

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Old 12-15-2011, 06:42 PM   #3
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Your water pump might be going out. I just replaced mine and fixed the antifreeze leak at the same time.
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:43 PM   #4
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Ehh just reread your post and saw you said none in the oil.. my bad :-)

When you replaced the components in your cooling system did you burp all the air from the system too?

I imagine you started replacing things because you noticed you were losing fluid.. im curious if you noticed any overheating before doing any of the replacements.. the cylinder head for 2000-2002 is prone to cracking.. its possible there is a small enough crack that you're losing coolant in the combustion chamber but not enough to really notice in the exhaust.. you might try a compression test first, and possibly a leakdown test just to be sure
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:46 AM   #5
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Okay will try that...perhaps I should use a bar leak type thing...how do you burp it...too big to through across my shoulder.
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:45 AM   #6
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If you think it may be a cylinder head issue an easier way to test would be to take it to a smog shop and have them sniff the overflow bottle for hydrocarbons. If any hydrocarbons in the overflow you have a headgasket or cylinderhead issue.
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:11 AM   #7
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I wouldnt suggest using bars leaks until you know for sure where the leak is coming from..
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:59 PM   #8
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How do you use bar leaks?
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:13 PM   #9
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It goes in the radiator.. but you need to know where you're leaking first.. they make specific products depending on where the leak is coming from
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:40 AM   #10
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I am guessing since it is not leaking anywhere, I may have a head gasket issue. Need a temp fix until I can afford to have that repaired or replaced.
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**Update** I bought the Bars Leak...it was $49.99. 24oz. bottle, though I only put in 1/4 of the bottle, followed the one-step instructions...no longer losing anti-freeze, no over heating, everything running great.

Of course my engine light came on yesterday...LOL P0161 bank 2 sensor 2 rear downstream sensor needs to be replaced, but that is how it seems to go with a Jeep...something always needs replacing. I will change out the sensor myself this weekend...looking forward to fixing it. I love being a girl with a jeep.

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