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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:22 pm 
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Hey everyone

After I go for a drive and then stop and turn off the car.. there is sometimes (not all the time) a small puddle about the size of a 50 cent piece on the ground directly underneath the front of the kframe. There is also a really faint coolant smell in the air. I can't for the life of me see where it could be leaking from... any ideas?

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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 5:40 pm 
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have a good look at the bottom of the waterpump. also,look at the head gasket, under the exhaust manifold at the front.

 

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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 5:42 pm 
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*prays its the water pump*
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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 6:12 pm 
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If it's at the very front it could be the radiator (Common problem).
Best to pressure test the system to find out.
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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 6:22 pm 
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The radiator hoses were the first thing I checked.. guess I shoulda actually looked at the radiator too.. Pressure testing it is a good idea.. just need to find someone that has a pressure tester lol
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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 6:23 pm 
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Mine does the same thing. I replaced all hoses and that fixed most of it but now im having the same problem as you.
I then got a pressure test they said it was fine.
I have now narrowed it down to the welch plug which i will replace and see how it goes.
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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 6:32 pm 
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welch plugs?

edit: lol, just read the above post :)

 

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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 6:43 pm 
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Yeah I'll be (re-checking) all the following as soon as I get home from work:
*Welch plugs
*Radiator and hoses
*Head gasket
*Water pump

If it's the head gasket then I'm never buying a falcon ever again hahahaha
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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:20 pm 
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rushed wrote:
welch plugs?

edit: lol, just read the above post :)


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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:41 pm 
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its not just a little coolant from the overflow pipe is it?

 

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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:45 pm 
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I then got a pressure test they said it was fine.
I have now narrowed it down to the welch plug which i will replace and see how it goes.

Pressure testing is always good, but doesn't always bring out the problem, the pressure can actually cause a leak to close in a radiator.
For eg; If it's leaking around the seal of the tank, the pressure can close it and it wont show the leak.
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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:54 pm 
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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 8:05 pm 
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my overflow is hooked up to a bottle.. for the drags.. and its bone dry
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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 8:27 pm 
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Sounds like your in for a fun time then. like everyone else is saying id suss out your water pump next then

 

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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 8:36 pm 
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Had the same problem. Mine was leaking from the shaft in the water pump. Very hard thing to find but when the engine is warm turn off and after a minute or so have look under the water pump shaft. Mine would only let out a couple of drops but was a pain in the a*** when coolant is left on the concrete.
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