When it rains, it pours

Bernie Benz b.benz at charter.net
Fri Jan 17 08:02:09 EST 2003

The triangular flange on the water oulet manifold uses an O-ring seal, not a
gasket.  Its replacement requires removal of of the water manifold, first
requiring removal of the intake manifold.  So, try a can of radiator sealer.


> From: Phil Rose <pjrose at frontiernet.net>
> Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 10:35:11 -0500
> To: "Paul R. Luevano" <paul at clarity.net>
> Cc: 200TQ20V List <200q20v at audifans.com>
> Subject: Re: When it rains, it pours
> 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
>> much
>> 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
>> these
>> 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"
> completely.
> Phil
> Phil Rose
> Rochester, NY USA
> mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net
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