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Old 08-17-2003, 10:36   #1 (permalink)
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Mystery Radiator Leak

I have an 1995 Ford Thunderbird. Its has developed a very bad radiator leak I can not find. Water is come out around the Oil Pan and frame there about. Its above that area. Clearly appears to be dripping down. The heater hoses at the back of the engine appear sound. This leak is now so bad it will drain all its fulid out in under 6 hours when the car is level. When the car's front tires are on a car ramp it takes under two hours. There is NO engine performace issues at all. This car purrs like a well, highly trained killing machine. Even as it is spilling the water onto the ground. It never over heated once prior to this leak I can not locate.
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Old 08-17-2003, 16:39   #2 (permalink)
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Could be the core plugs in the side of the block.
Try to trace back the leak a bit more, see if you can give us some more detailed info on where it is?
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I agree it could be a freeze plug, but if the leak is coming down along the front of the pan, it's probably either the water pump gasket or the timing cover gasket between the water pump and the block. Crawl under there with a flashlight and you should be able to track it down.
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Check weep hole in water pump (the hole under the pump drive shaft).
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Re: Mystery Radiator Leak

more than likely a welsh plug. Doubt it will be the water pump if it drains quicker when the front of the car is up...
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Which end of the oil pan is it at?
You original post was not very clear I'm afraid....
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Thanks for all the replies.

I have crawled under the car and if you can envision the transmission case next to the Oil Pan we will start there. Now the oil plug is at the back of the pan if you consider the front of the car the font of the pan. Around the oil pan is a black or so wide fame with several bolts. I am assuming this mounts the pan. The water is flowing between where the Oil pan, plug side, back side and the transmission appear to meet.

Can someone give me a place to look for these various plugs your talking about? Right now as you look up from the oil pan plug area, its just sub frame material, no engine is visible right there so its got to be coming down and around to meet the oil pan some how. Pure guessing here.
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If I'm envisioning your description correctly, it sounds like your freeze plugs at the rear of the engine block are leaking. They are impossible to get to without pulling the engine or the tranny. If it's leaking as quickly as you say it is, you need to take care of it ASAP if you plan on continuing to drive it.

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