In short: Any ideas why a coolant leak would be sporadic and suddenly not be found during a pressure test?
2020 Jeep Cherokee / 3.2L V6.
Had what was almost certainly a coolant leak on Saturday. Usually just in front of the front passenger tire or at least on the right side of the front bumper. Not huge, reservoir level seemed unaffected, but first noticed it as a very obvious little puddle after parking the car. Inspected the drip, it's a bright pink color, a bit slick but not oily.
Opened hood, and got that sickly sweet smell of burning coolant. Hard to see without taking things apart, but could maybe see a wet spot under the corner of the radiator that I could imagine was dripping down inside the bumper towards the wheel. Assume it's from radiator or maybe connection to hose near it but not sure.
Shops were busy and/or closed for weekend, and nearest appointment I could find was for Tuesday. Since then, was driving it real gingerly. Short trips only. Nothing where I would be long distance or in traffic. After parking, the drips are super variable. Sometimes nothing. Sometimes a few drops that doesn't accumulate before subsiding.
Take it to the shop this morning. They did a pressure test but apparently couldn't find any leak.
I think it's related to engine heating up, so they're gonna let it idle for a half-hour then test it again. But I'm worried they might find nothing still.
I have a road-trip this weekend so really need the peace of mind of having this fixed.
Curious if there are any experiences or other ideas that might help the shop figure this out.
Edit (+1 day): They couldn't find anything. I drove it around a bit that evening doing errands and nothing dripped. Then this morning a very small drip after one short drive. Looking through gaps in the engine bay, I can see wetness on inside of bumper and how it would've trailed towards the wheel well. Seems to point towards bottom/starboard corner of radiator, but can't trace it much further due to stuff in the way. And front of radiator doesn't show anything. Drove it around a bit more, hoping to coax it out then take it back to mechanic, but nothing.