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Franklin
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6/13/2003
14:33:07

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I've got a 97 3.9 with what appears to be a bad coolant leak out of the back of the engine - I figure it's a loose or missing freeze plug.

My crappy Chilton manual doesn't diagram the location of the freeze plug (or plugs?) or offer any help on what it takes to replace them. Any suggestions?



Jon
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6/13/2003
22:31:53

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It's definitely not loose or missing, or you would have no coolant left at all, it is probably rusted through, they are easy to change, just knock the old one in, yank it out, put some rtv on the new one and tap it in with a hammer. There usually aren't any freeze plugs on the back of the engine block, just the sides. You could have a leak from somewhere else like a hose or the intake manifold? Or a leak from the freeze plug in the back of the head. Take a peak with a flashlight, it's pretty easy to see everything back there.

-Jon



justin d
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6/13/2003
22:43:07

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i know on the left side(looking at the truck from front) there is one in the open and one that sits behind the engine mount, i had to change that one, took bout an hour and a half from start to finish, i replaced it w/ a brass one and now no more leaks! good luck

jd



Franklin
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6/16/2003
12:35:36

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That's about the area where the coolant is running out - and it's pretty much flowing straight out. Do you have to move anything else outta the way to get to it?

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- Franklin

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i know on the left side(looking at the truck from front) there is one in the open and one that sits behind the engine mount, i had to change that one, took bout an hour and a half from start to finish, i replaced it w/ a brass one and now no more leaks! good luck

jd"



Mr B
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9/22/2003
15:55:27

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Does anyone know the size of the freeze plug on the left side next to the oil filter?? Also how did you get the plug in? There is very little room to swing a hammer.



rigby38
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9/22/2003
15:58:23

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mine leaked. there is one above the starter too. if it leaks it will short out your starter.



Franklin
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9/22/2003
16:03:48

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I ended up just filling it in with some liquid metal gunk that a friend of mine recommended. The plug was in a place that would have required me to lift the engine, and that wasn't really an option for me.

It's been running fine for a few months now.



marvin
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11/24/2013
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how hard is it to change the freeze plug behind the starter on 3.9 dakota pu



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