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Old 02-24-2013, 08:50 PM
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01 5.2L, My sons truck is leaking antifreeze looks like its coming from the thermostat housing, hard to see due to the a/c and alternator blocking it.
Question is : do I just remove the alternator to get to the thermostat housing? And could a leak on the water pump cause antifreeze to look like it is leaking toward the manifold?
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I don't take anything off to get to the housing, but it's probably going to be easier for someone that doesn't do this every day to remove it. Yes, a leaking stat could cause it to look like you have a water pump leak.
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I take the alt off and unbolt the AC compressor and lay it over to the side. NOTE: there is a very short PITA hose from the water pump to the intake that most people don't change because it is hard to get to and harder to see. that was the cause of my leak that I thought was the thermostat housing or WP.
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NOTE: there is a very short PITA hose from the water pump to the intake that most people don't change because it is hard to get to and harder to see. that was the cause of my leak that I thought was the thermostat housing or WP.[/QUOTE]

Well hell... already finished the job, and your right I didn't notice the hose. Hopefully the leak was coming from the housing.
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I know this is an old thread, but I have a similar problem, its leaking antifreeze above the water pump, the weaphole is dry So i think the water pump is fine, also about the same time it started leaking the serpintine belt started squeaking im wondering if maybe the bearings inside the water pump are blown, I dont want to replace the Water pump unless I have too, but I want the squeaking to stop Thanks
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If the bearing are going bad in the water pump you'll be able to feel a grinding when turning it by hand. You'll have to take the belt off, to do that. Or, you could get a mechanics stethoscope and put your prob to the water pump while it's running and listen for the squeak.
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