Coolant level sensor broken? When will it say I'm low on coolant?
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    Coolant level sensor broken? When will it say I'm low on coolant?

    Hello, I found my 2012 Cruze to be extremely low on coolant. However, the instrument cluster never indicated that my coolant was low. I wonder if my coolant level sensor is broken.

    What level of coolant in the tank will cause the coolant low message is triggered? Is there a way I can manually test my coolant level sensor to ensure that it's working? Can I just replace the sensor or must I get a whole new tank?

    The attached photo shows the level of coolant in my tank which did not cause a low coolant message. Thanks for your input.

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    I don't think the 2012s have a coolant low message. The owners manual may claim they do but I've yet to hear of anyone report seeing such a message.
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    Thanks. Now that you mention it, the owner's manual makes no reference to a low coolant message in their section on possible engine coolant messages.

    Good thing I've started doing monthly checks on the fluid levels of all the cars I'm responsible for. Found this problem before the engine overheated.
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    My 14 had a coolant leak, covered under special coverage, and my tank was 100% empty. No light for low coolant.

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    What was the SWC number for your coolant leak and what parts did it include?

    I'm considering replacing my water outlet, recovery tank hose, radiator temp sensor, and maybe even thermostat, all before doing a coolant flush and fill. It would be nice if I could get a dealership to do this work for free under "special warranty coverage", but I'm nervous that they'll charge me for some things which aren't covered. Might be cheaper to just do it all myself.

    Does anyone have tips for getting dealers to do the special warranty coverages which the car needs, without paying for extra stuff that I could do myself?
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    The water pump is the only component that had a warranty extension.....any other component that is leaking is on your dime beyond the three year thirty six thousand mile coverage.

    Obviously it must fail (meaning the pump)......Chevrolet does not just exchange it unless it has a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robby View Post
    .....any other component that is leaking is on your dime beyond the three year thirty six thousand mile coverage.
    I believe the water outlet is covered by powertrain.
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    When I had a coolant leak, I didn't get a notification either.
    The engine just gives error codes, when it gets overheated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChevyGuy View Post
    I believe the water outlet is covered by powertrain.
    I bought this 2012 Cruze in late 2016 with 65k mi and it now has 72k mi. Would I be able to claim the water outlet under a warranty with this age and mileage?

    With warranty claims, I'm worried that the dealership will charge me for all the work, saying the problem was actually with some non-warranty item like a loose hose clamp. Even if they warrantied the outlet, they'd surely charge me for the coolant flush and fill. When I'm at the dealership to buy the water outlet, I'll ask about the warranty process.
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    There's no sensor. Doubtful a 12 is still under powertrain warranty but the water pump has an extended coverage on it. I don't think the applies to the coolant outlet but it's an easy DIY fix.

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