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ES250 (2VZ) - Losing coolant like crazy

I'm losing coolant like crazy. My tank will be empty after driving and I had to add half a gallon to my radiator and tank just now to fill it up. What could be the issue?
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I'm losing coolant like crazy. My tank will be empty after driving and I had to add half a gallon to my radiator and tank just now to fill it up. What could be the issue?
Leak or blown head gasket

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Phewwwie. I'm certain I have a leak, I don't know where from though. Maybe the outer gasket edge of the rear bank because it leaks to the ground by the firewall. I only have 108,735 on this 2vz!!!! Blegh!!!!
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After topping of the coolant and driving 115 miles my reservoir is now to the full mark
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I topped it off before driving 115 miles
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Do a pressure test, external leaks should become blatantly obvious.

I'm sure you already know this (and better than me) but the VZ engines have problems with head gaskets due to differing expansion rates between the block and heads.

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Block test did not turn yellow
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Block test did not turn yellow
If you tested the coolant and are looking for exhaust gasses to be in the coolant on the 2vzfe, thats not a guarantee its good. My 1990 had an internal leak, with no exhaust gas propagation, and it drank a gallon of coolant every 12 months.

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Yeah figure it's not 100% accurate. I'm pretty certain I have a really bad leak from the water pump though. Or from somewhere else in that area, the water drips down to the oil pan. My entire cooling system drained to the floor. I'm out of town and I can't really work on it now, so I might have to take it in. I have the parts with me though. Sorry, for derailing my own thread
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Replace the radiator cap with a new OEM one. The steam released with a bad cap often isn't visible during/after driving...

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Can a bad radiator cap cause the water pump to drip also?
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Can a bad radiator cap cause the water pump to drip also?
Nope! If you see any coolant in the thermostat area or coming out of the timing cover, you need a new water pump... One of the failure modes is the bearings, which then cause the shaft seal to weep/leak. If you do have a leak in that area, replace it ASAP before you have a catastrophic pump failure.

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Scheduled at Toyota for tomorrow! Everything under there is getting replaced even the seals
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Broke these posts off into their own thread.

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