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Hi! So I purchased a manual 99 vw beetle. Although I love it and am happy with the car, I am not happy about spending about 150$ a month on antifreeze and coolant. I cannot for the life of me figure out what the issue is. My car will overheat, and then leak all my coolant out from a tiny hole underneath the passenger's side on the left. It looks like it's coming out of the metal from from a little hole that's about a half inch big. Not a very big hole. Does anyone know what I can do to fix it? I can only drive my car for a good 40 minutes before I have to pull over and wait for everything to cool down. And by the time it's all cooled down, I have to refill all my coolant! PLEASE HELP! I can't afford the cost of much as I am five months pregnant and going through a divorce. So I am basically stuck with this car and this expensive problem.

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at


Thank you for writing in. Overheating the engine is not good, and you should avoid it when possible. Stop the vehicle before it overheats, as it does more damage every time. The leak must be found and repaired. Hopefully, the leak can be easily repaired or the component leaking can be replaced. Once the cooling system is leak free, you will want to make sure that there has been no further damage caused by allowing the engine to overheat. Call around to get the best pricing for cooling system leak repairs. Contact one of your local Certified Female Friendly automotive shops for more help from a trusted source. Good luck!

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