When it rains, it pours

Phil Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Fri Jan 17 10:35:11 EST 2003

At 9:29 AM -0500 1/17/03, Paul R. Luevano wrote:  I
>can see coolant collected on the motor- mount, under the aux water pump,
>but it
>is not leaking, nor are any of the hoses I can see.  It is a steady leak, but
>not major.  I have not yet been able to identify the source, and will look
>more closely this weekend, even if the temps aren't supposed to get out of the
>teens!  I was just hoping I could get some pointers to know weak spots on
>cars after 160K miles.

Oozing from the coolant flange gasket (the central, triangular one) is a
common occurance. Mine did that for months--leaving coolant collected at
the spot you mentioned. I bought a flange gasket and tried to remove the
flange to install it, but couldn't loosen the allen bolts. So... I left it
alone and the leak eventually "went away".  It lost a few ounces of coolant
per week, I'd estimate. Also that leakage tended to stop if I let the
coolant drop about 0.5" below the normal level. My motto--"If you (and the
vehicle) can endure it, don't fix it."

Could also be a leak from our favorite part, the MFTS. A third source might
be the aux pump (that's a good one to try and catch before it "lets go"


Phil Rose
Rochester, NY USA
mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net

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