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Old 05-04-2010, 05:45 PM
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after months of smelling antifreeze when the truck was hot with no fluid loss, finally a few weeks ago found a puddle of antifreeze under the truck from under the water pump. changed the pump and no more puddles or smell but...

over the past few days i've noticed along the bottom of the timing cover where it mates to the block there is a slight seepage of antifreeze. over a few day span it is not enough to drip, but enough to accumulate slightly and jelly over. today, i was able to tighten the timing cover bolts a little and i'm hoping this solves it. how common is a leak from the timing cover?
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if i remember correctly, the timing cover only has oil behind it, along with a chain & 2 gears

if it were me with that problem, I would be spraying the water pump, thermostat & timing cover areas with a foaming engine cleaner, follow the directions on the can, i believe that the engine needs to be warm when you do it, use a mechanics brush on any heavy build up, then respray if needed, let it set for around 15 minutes, spray off using a hose. the directions on the can will tell you for sure.
Once the area is nice & clean, you will be able to tell for sure where the leak is
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i finally got under the truck enough to see what is seeping and what isn't. the two areas coincide with the two water passage o-rings. i am going to see if i can get the surrounding bolts a little tighter as i really don't want to take the front of the engine apart.
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