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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 12:04 PM
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Am I headed for a huge repair bill?

We get in the car to go out on Saturday when the wife says "Is the Bronco dripping?" When we get back I crawl under it and sure enough...it's dripping. It appears to be coming from the back of the engine about where the tranny bolts to the block (from what I could tell). The fluid appears to be coolant. It's mixed with crud from passing by crud coated parts, but it's still green in color. I'm sure there is a hundred different places it could be coming from. Any ideas where to start? What kinda cash am I looking at? Thanks.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 12:27 PM
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Could just be running down the block to that point. Mine leaked from the thermostat housing and ran all the way down to about the same area.
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Well I just replaced the water pump about a month ago, so I know it's not that. I did look on top, but didn't see anything. I guess I'll have another look.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 05:12 PM
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Re: Am I headed for a huge repair bill?

How's your weather been?
Cold?
There's freeze plugs on the back of the heads.
Could be one of them.
Clean it up real good, and see if you can't find the suspect area. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

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Ohhh, one more thing to check.
The interface between the intake and heads. (at the rear or front of the engine, not in the middle)
If the gasket is worn, it'll develop a leak there as well.
Like I mentioned before, clean that engine up, and see if you can track the leak down.
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Thanks WD40. Yep our weather has been cold...some nights down around freezing. I guess if it's a freeze plug the heads have to come off, huh? I think it's supposed to warm up a little after Thanksgiving. I'll give it a good bath then. I'll check the intake too. Thanks again.
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Check your heater hoses and clamps. I had a problem with an loose heater hose clamp, that caused coolant to leak on the block.
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Just because you replaced the water pump a month ago don't really mean that its ok. You could have gotten a bad one or maybe something you took off is loose. I'd do what WD40 said and clean it up and get a good light and try to track the leak down. Its probably just a loose nut or hose. (Hopefully)
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Thanks guys. I hope it's just something loose or a bad heater hose. I'd hate to have to pull the intake and/or heads to fix this. I can't afford to be without the Bronco now with winter right around the corner.
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Well I think I found the source of my coolant leak. It's a leaky thermostat gasket. Now I just have one question...How do you get to the lower bolt on the right side of the water neck? I tried using a knuckle and even an open end wrench but still can't grab the bolt enough to turn it. What's the secret?
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I pulled the motor to get to mine. I found that is the easiest way. Actually i pulled the motor to do the oil pan, water pump and front cover so i did it then. I bought one a while back and had the same problem so i left in the TO DO pile. I think it would be best to pull the throttle body.
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