Go Back   Chevy Sonic Owners Forum > Chevy Sonic: Engine > 1.8L Sonic Engine Discussion

Like Tree4Likes
  • 1 Post By Smartdave
  • 1 Post By Smartdave
  • 2 Post By JTee2017
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-01-2017, 08:42 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Onslow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 11
Default Water outlet estimate question - coolant leak

Took vehicle in to dealer to have check engine light looked at (sorry I don't have the exact code). Also slow coolant loss.

Diagnosis was that the water outlet (which I assume feeds the surge tank) needed to be replaced.

The part is apparently $20-$50. Dealer estimate to replace is mid $300.

Is this fair estimate for the work involved or am I just experiencing sticker shock?
Onslow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2017, 08:45 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Smartdave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 133
Default Water outlet estimate question - coolant leak

Do you mean the thermostat housing?

The only thing that feeds the overflow tank is the radiator.

The thermostat housing is a common leak point in the 1.8.

It is a 10 minute change to replace it. You unclip the radiator hose from the nipple, you disconnect the water temp sensor, remove four bolts. Once you do that the part is off, then reverse with the new part.


Once the new part is on replace whatever coolant was lost.

On a difficulty of 1 to 5 with five being the hardest I would rate this a 1


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
rojoes likes this.

Last edited by Smartdave; 11-01-2017 at 08:49 PM.
Smartdave is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2017, 10:22 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Papasonic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Cambridge IL USA
Posts: 1,075
Garage
Default

That's about $200.00 more than I would expect. Look up the part on GM parts direct, or Rock Auto. Then either purchase from them or enter the part number on Amazon to find a fair price. As Smartdave says; level 1 degree of difficulty. I wouldn't be surprised if total cost would be under $60.00.
__________________
2012 Sonic LTZ 1.4 Hatch 6-sp. manual
2017 Malibu LT 1.5 - Leather - Pepperdust Metallic
2016 Equinox 3.6 LTZ - AWD
2009 Silverado 5.3 LT 4x4 ext. cab
2004 Pontiac GTO 5.7 LS1 6-sp. manual
Papasonic is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2017, 09:35 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
allstarchris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: queens,ny
Posts: 26
Garage
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Onslow View Post
Took vehicle in to dealer to have check engine light looked at (sorry I don't have the exact code). Also slow coolant loss.

Diagnosis was that the water outlet (which I assume feeds the surge tank) needed to be replaced.

The part is apparently $20-$50. Dealer estimate to replace is mid $300.

Is this fair estimate for the work involved or am I just experiencing sticker shock?
ahhhhhh niceeee
allstarchris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2017, 12:35 PM   #5
Member
 
Mad*Max's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Toronto
Posts: 95
Default

Do you have the part number Dave?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Smartdave View Post
Do you mean the thermostat housing?

The only thing that feeds the overflow tank is the radiator.

The thermostat housing is a common leak point in the 1.8.

It is a 10 minute change to replace it. You unclip the radiator hose from the nipple, you disconnect the water temp sensor, remove four bolts. Once you do that the part is off, then reverse with the new part.


Once the new part is on replace whatever coolant was lost.

On a difficulty of 1 to 5 with five being the hardest I would rate this a 1


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
__________________
2012 Sonic Orange Hatchback 1.8L
Mad*Max is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2017, 12:38 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Smartdave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 133
Default

This is it

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014873JDA..._KPVaAb113AQ67


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
Mad*Max likes this.
Smartdave is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2017, 05:22 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
JTee2017's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Upper Midwest
Posts: 103
Garage
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad*Max View Post
Do you have the part number Dave?

Or . . buy one of these which are half or ALL metal and never worry about it again.

https://www.amazon.com/OKAY-MOTOR-Th...DG47F45EGJTAX4

https://www.amazon.com/Thermostat-Ho...BMEQMAKGFAX4V3


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NCJ9MGW...=1A589GY9FJELD


carsNskis and Mad*Max like this.

Last edited by JTee2017; 11-08-2017 at 05:26 PM.
JTee2017 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2017, 11:48 PM   #8
Member
 
Mad*Max's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Toronto
Posts: 95
Default

Thanks guys!


Quote:
Originally Posted by Smartdave View Post
This is it

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014873JDA..._KPVaAb113AQ67


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
Quote:
Originally Posted by JTee2017 View Post
__________________
2012 Sonic Orange Hatchback 1.8L
Mad*Max is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT. The time now is 02:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.