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Old 12-19-2010, 06:42 PM
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i have a 95 dodge ram v10 that started leaking antifreeze a week ago. its been getting down into the low double digits at night however i have a block heater and properly mixed antifreeze so im pretty sure its not a crack. the leak is coming from somewhere around the water pump but after removing and resealing the water pump and still leaking its not that. anyone know more specifically where it might be coming from such as a freeze plug or anything? since its my only vehicle i dont want to just start tearing it apart not knowing what im after.
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You should have it pressure tested when it's cold . It'll show up . Could be a cracked intake manifold gasket , head gasket , hose etc....
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Lot of times it takes more than one set of eyes or at least a mirror on an extension with a little flash light in the other hand. I used them a lot when I was wrenching. Handy little things and cheap too.
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you might feel the bottom of the water pump where the shaft goes into the housing, most water pumps have a hole there & water comes out of the hole when the bearing is going bad

the other way is to take a piece of cardboard, fairly large in size & place it under your engine compartment when you park, this will do two things, it will give you the approximate location of ANY type of leak & the color of the stain will tell you what it is that you are leaking, anti freeze, motor oil, power steering fluid, & transmission fluid
Water usually doesn't leak until you shut the engine off, unless its a hose
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If it's really a tricky leak why not go down to your local auto parts and get yourself one of those dye kits. They sell some kits for around $20 last time I looked and they come with a florescent dye and a ultra violet pen light. Put in the dye, give it a day or two and in the dark you will find the leak really easy. I've used it before for tricky leaks and it makes them very easy to find.
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it looks like the stop leak may have worked atleast for now, if it shows up again i may do the dye just wasnt sure if anyone knew of something on the v10 prone to suddenly opening up
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