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2012 Impala coolant leak

Hi, looking for info on small coolant leak on 2012 Impala 3.6 vvt ...noticed coolant leaking somewhere above and behind PS pump...noticed this when wheel was off on right side. I assume the head gasket is leaking....? anyone else seen this?
144k miles...no major issues to date...besides this
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Gonna knock on wood, but with over 170,000 miles on our 2012 we have not had any issues with coolant loss. Would seem possible that the head gasket on the head closer to the firewall could be leaking. Would check the heater core connections, thermostat, and any hoses on that side.

Not sure how these cars are pressure tested without a radiator cap?

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Not sure how these cars are pressure tested without a radiator cap?
You use the standard pressure kit with an adapter that mates it to the coolant reservoir.

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I probably could have bought it somewhere else for less, but I think the loaner price was actually pretty reasonable.

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Hi, looking for info on small coolant leak on 2012 Impala 3.6 vvt ...noticed coolant leaking somewhere above and behind PS pump...noticed this when wheel was off on right side. I assume the head gasket is leaking....? anyone else seen this?
144k miles...no major issues to date...besides this
I doubt it's a head gasket. The serpentine belt will sling coolant all over the place, so it could be leaking well away from the location spotted.

As 12_lt, indicated, you need to pressure test it and inspect closely looking for leaks. The 3.6 LFX motors have a very good reputation - they're not known for leaking. But, since you're on the accessory end of the motor, I'd be looking at the water pump, since, among cooling system components, that's a more common failure point.

HTH.

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[Edit]Here's some more info on cooling system pressure testing tools .

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Hi, looking for info on small coolant leak on 2012 Impala 3.6 vvt ...noticed coolant leaking somewhere above and behind PS pump...noticed this when wheel was off on right side. I assume the head gasket is leaking....? anyone else seen this?
144k miles...no major issues to date...besides this
I'm not that familiar with the 3.6L, but if it has the coolant crossover pipe, it could be leaking at the front of the cylinder head where the crossover pipe attaches on the side of the engine next to the firewall...it was a gasket design issue on the 3.9L and 3.5L V-6 engines. I've also read there has been some coolant leaks around the spark plug tube in the 3.6L engines due to porosity in the cylinder head. I would call a reputable Chevrolet dealer and inquire.
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