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Old 11-01-2014, 07:05 PM   #1
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Default Issues with Cooling System in 1998 Jetta

Hi all. New to this forum, so be gentle!

We picked up a 1998 Jetta GT for our 18 year old son a few weeks ago and we are having some issues. The Engine Cooling light was occasionally flashing for a bit, not it is on from the moment you start the car. We had been checking the coolant and it appeared to not be leaking. Well, I guess it was a very slow leak because now it is very low and we have stopped driving it until we find the problem. The coolant that is/was in there was Orange...what type would this be? G12? Dex-cool? This is my first time dealing with non-green coolant!

Any common problems in a 98' Jetta that could cause a coolant leak? (I am not a "car guy" if that isn't obvious yet!) We looked under the hood and can see areas where we can tell the coolant had dripped, but can't seem to find something easily...like a hole in a hose or something.

I am pretty sure we are going to have to take it to get looked at, but I don't want to drive it without any coolant (or a very small amount), so what should I pour in there just to get it to the shop?

Thanks in advance!
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