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Old 01-15-2014, 04:54 PM
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I have an 06 ram with a 5.7. I noticed, during the cold snap last week that it was leaking a pretty good amount of coolant. I thought I isolated the problem to either the thermostat housing or upper radiator hose. Replaced the hose and put a gasket in the housing. The first day that I was going to fix it, I drove it to a friends house (he has a heated shop) and we went to working on his car while my truck cooled down...well it didn't leak. couldnt figure it out...so we decided to wait to see if it would resurface or get worse.

Another cold day (-10 windchill) and it was leaking again. (this is when we replaced the hose and gasket). Now to make a long story longer, it is still leaking from somewhere but I can't find it. The drip is coming off of the lower power steering mounting bolt. with a little wet noticable at the upper mounting bolt. there is NO wet anywhere above that. I don't know why the drip would be there as the only coolant above that is the upper hose and thermostat housing. it is off to the side of the water pump so if it were coming from that, it would be wet beneath the pump verses 8 or so inches to the right. I have mostly noticed the drip once it has been sitting for a little bit (i really only drive the truck on weekends)

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Is it only after it has been very cold?
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it was in the beginning. it is not leaking enough to drip onto the floor but is constantly wet at that bolt now.
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We have some equipment out here (in the gulf) that leaks really bad only when it is setting up and it is cold. They had to go with different gasket materials on cooling pipe joints that would not shrink in the cold, and we never get -10 down here. It may be a gasket material problem or a small crack that gets larger when the metal is cold. Just some ideas.
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you are the second person to tell me something like that....appreciate it!
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Just think back to the challenger disaster, wasn't that a bad seal when cold ??
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I would try tightening any bolts first to see if any where a little loose before replacing anything.
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