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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-28-2001, 12:48 AM
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Hi all. I'm new to this board and have got a problem. I've bought an 88 bronco a couple of months ago. I've done the whole range of tune up basics including all new hoses,belts,plugs,ect. The bronc has the 351W with the c-6. I've been chasing down antfreeze leaks since day one. First the radiator hose was leaking. I fixed the problem with new hoses and the thermostat gasket started leaking. The next thing after I fixed that was one of the metal lines running into the raiator had a gasket go. I fixed that and for two days all seemed well. Then yeasterday it appeared that the waterpump gaskets are leaking at the top of each side where the gaskets are that bolt the pump to the engine! So far I haven't had any problem with any overheating. I've just got this gut feeling that as soon as I put a new water pump on the things gonna find another spot to start leaking. The engine has 108,000 miles on it and runs very strong. No smoking at all and the compression seems strong. I've got the tow package as well. It just had the radiator flushed and all seemed well with it. The thermostat was replaced as well. I'm stumped with this thing and would appreciate any advice. I put the Warn manual locking hubs on after reading all the positive things on them. I've been trying to get all the little things back in good shape before I do any thing such as a lift or what have you. It idles a little rough. My mechanic said that he would normally suspect the TPS but he thinks the linkages on the throttle body are worn just enough to not allow the butterflys to open and close at the exact right spot. He seemed to get the problem fixed some but not totally. Any ideas on these problems?

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It sounds like someone eother rebuilt the engine & used $#!tty gaskets, or never changed the antifreeze. Either way, I think your only course is to keep on replacing the ones that go. Advance Auto Parts gives a 1-year warranty on paper gaskets, so I'd get them there - that way, if you have to replace one you've already replaced to get to another leaky one, you won't have to pay that $0.79 again/[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Also, use a gasket seat spray & anti-sieze lube.

I got a whole Crown Vic intake, plenum, throttle body, & injector rail for $60 - you could probably get a good used throttle body for less than $30. I'd offer you one, but I threw it away when I got the CV parts.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]


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I got a quote from the dealer for like 450 bucks for a throttle body. I wonder if a jar of vaseline is included for that price! I guess the waterpump will be the next item to check. I thought that it may have had a single leak for so long that by the time it got fixed all the other gaskets had half corroded. thanks for the input.

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Re: anti-freeze leaks everywhere!

Did you have that new orange prestone in it by any chance?

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Not to my knowledge. When I had the radiator flushed, it was the usual green fluid that the previous owner had in there. None of the leaks are really bad. I lose about an once of fluid out of my resevoir every other day. It's been pooling up on both sides of the waterpump where the gaskets are lately. Nothing worse than the smell of anti-freeze to get me all paranoid. It's kinda like the pressure is too high in the system if that makes sense. I thought it was a bad themostat at first but the temp has remained cool even when the new one was installed.

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Have you checked the Radiator cap? Is it the stock or original one? If you are not sure, you may want to have the system pressure tested or go to the dealer and buy a new one. Believe it or not, the condition of the cap, and the proper pressure it supplies can be important.

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>> "pooling up on both sides of the waterpump where the gaskets are"

You sure it's not the timing cover that is leaking? It is the next gasket back from the water pump, and "pooling" sounds like those little areas right above the timing cover gasket. Mine leaked there after a couple of over-heating episodes in the mud... changing it was a royal pain. Looks easy, and it should be, but things just didnt go my way on that project. good luck


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Dealer?

You can get a perfectly good Stant cap from Wal-Mart or any parts house for less than $10 (more like $5).


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Well the mechanic had it pressure tested and everything seemed OK. I'll check on the timing chain cover just to make sure. The leaks have been jumping from one spot to another. Soon as one gets fixed, It reappears somewhere else. I might just get another cap for the sake of trying. What are the RPM's of you guys with the C-6 tranny? I'm thinking I must have at least a 4:10 gear. When I'm cruising at 65mph I'm turning 3000RPM on the nose. The tires are 32inchers and this seems high as heck. The numbers say I've got a 3:55 but I think some gears have been changed. Thanks for all the help you guys have given me!

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According to my math that's at least as low as 4.1, but your speedo might be off too so its hard to say. I would guess 4.11 though.


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