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Hi, I'm driving manual classica.
I notice that my engine coolant keeps getting low.
It had a leakage on floor so I had to take a dealership and they found the housing had a crack and they replaced with new one(took 2 weeks).
They filled the coolant up to full and it's been two weeks and it at low when engine is cold.
I don't see any leakage on floor this time, but when I drive with 5000-6000 rpm and smell some sweet(coolant burning??).
I drive most on weekends short distance. Since repair I drove less than 200 miles.
Does anyone have similar experience?
Should I use some different type of coolant?
Or any thoughts or advises?

If coolant getting lower than low line, I might take my spider to dealer next week.

Thanks for reading.
 

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I haven't seen this in the 124, but historically with Fiats, it's a clamp issue with the hose on the coolant overflow bottle.

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I wouldn't put a different coolant in there because that wouldn't fix anything. You may just end up with more issues. But Greg having more experience with these of course, if he's saying that Fiats have had clamp issues that could be it. Just enough room for the coolant to squeeze out but because of the heat, evaporate. Not enough to show leakage on the floor. Thus the smelling of it ?
 

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Not to say that there's not a problem, but you will get some fluctuation in the coolant overflow container level depending on the temperature of the coolant. As I'm sure you know, aside from an anomaly near freezing point water expands in volume when heated, contracting when cooled.
 

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per the owners manual :The coolant should be at full in the
radiator and between the F (Full) and L
(Low) marks on the coolant reservoir
when the engine is cool.
If it is at or near L (Low), add coolant by
mixing a minimum solution of 50%
Mopar Long Life Coolant Concentrate
for FIAT Spider.

So at low mark when cool is within limits. However the question is was it there right after they did the repair or has the level dropped? Not Knowing the answer to this. Keep and eye on the level now and if drops get in sooner than appt. if necessary. If need to add coolant then have to question what kind for sure as they don't list a part number in the owners manual, just mopar specific for Spider, is it really something different than the others. Now i need to make a phone call to the dealer to clear that up, could be real important. As mixing coolants is a huge no no as it can cause issues in the long run. I personally would add just plain water if i need to add a little until i can get to a dealer and have them fix it to proper ratio later.
i did call the dealer and the part number is 68163848AB and it is used in other thing besides the Spider and has been around for a few years. So should be possible to locate a compatible type in an aftermarket bottle in an emergency.
 

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I got my spider back yesterday. The service man told me there was too much of air in the system and they drained it. It was running fine for couple of days when they test drove it.
He didn't exactly explain where was the air and didn't give me repair order. He wants me to drive couple of days and give him an update.

I drove yesterday about 20 miles and I checked coolant level this morning without operating car. It was near "H", however it seemed a bit lower than yesterday.
There might be still same problem. I will drive more and I will find out about week later I guess.
Thank your your advises guys.
 
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