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Kaderdak
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12/26/2004
16:46:54

Subject: Coolant leak but from where?
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I just recently developed a coolant leak, only started occurring AFTER I had removed and then reinstalled the transmssion. It leaks somewhere on the back of the engine and I notice the leak dripping off the bottom of the bellhousing on the tranny. At first I was freaked I had a cracked block, oil looks fine though and so does the coolant, and it runs just as fine as it always does.

The only possible thing I could think of is if there is a soft plug on the block (it's a '97 318) that could somehow have developed a small leak. Any other suggestions or hints as to where it might be coming from would be great. Thanks.



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12/26/2004
16:53:34

RE: Coolant leak but from where?
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Did you check the heater hoses entering the firewall?? Maybe a clamp or connection is coming loose??





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12/27/2004
11:32:57

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Yeah, checked all those, everything seems just fine. No hoses are leaking anywhere. It just seems stange to me that the leak just developed after I removed my transmission, as if that could somehow have had something to do with it. Any other ideas?



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12/27/2004
12:09:12

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I read somewhere, perhaps in either the haynes manual for my '95 or the haynes heating & A/C tech book about there being 2 drain plugs on the block, one on each side in addition to the one on the radiator. This might be the case for you. If you'd like, I can review the manual tonight and see if I can find it and let you know tomorrow (I have no internet access at home yet since I just moved).

- Dan M



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12/27/2004
12:17:59

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The drain plugs on the block are located just under the exhaust headers. I don't think those are the problem.

Is it leaking bad?? Are you checking with the engine running??





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12/27/2004
12:23:13

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Check the Thermostat housing and the heater hose going into the top of the engine also. There is a nice channel down the passenger side of the engine between the valve covers and the intake for the water to flow to the back of the engine.



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12/29/2004
00:00:04

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It's definitely not coming from a hose or anything of the sorts. I have checked everything with the engine running and still cannot figure out where the duece it is coming from. The only place left, but where I really can't look at, is somewhere on the back of the block by the firewall. Is there anything back there that could be leaking?



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12/29/2004
07:19:18

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the head gaskets might be going out



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12/29/2004
23:22:27

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did you know there are 2 freeze plugs in the back of the block. if you pull your trans you can see them. there is a big freeze plug and a small one in the back side of the block. pressure test your cooling system just to make sure nothing else is leaking and running down the pan rails and fooling you into thinking your freeze plugs are leaking. i have seen this several times. i am a chrysler technician so i guess i would know huh. hope this helps.

Mike

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