Last Friday I took my 1986 Honda Accord, with 240K miles on it, to the shop I have been going to for almost twenty years and two different cars. I have never had any problems with the work they do and it is considerably cheaper than the Honda shop, and within walking distance. I asked them to check the radiator and they ended up replacing it. Bearing in mind it is a 22 year old car, and the radiator looked pretty bad inside, I didn't consider it unreasonable.
Today I was running some errands and parked at a Best Buy in a sloped parking lot with the right side of the car lower than the left.....and the overflow reservoir is on the right side.
When I came out there was a spot of anti-freeze on the ground the size of a shoe box top. I looked and couldn't see where it was coming from and gingerly drove home with no problems.
At home I crawled underneath, as far as I could considering it is a very low car, and still couldn't see any leaks. I also put some cardboard under the car, and after an hour, can't see any spots on the cardboard.
Is it possible that the shop simply overfilled the new radiator and the combination of driving across town and parking on a sloped parking lot made it overflow?
Considering my income level, or lack thereof, this has me very concerned.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.