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    Coolant leaking

    I have coolant leaking from the front of my Chevette. The thermostat, radiator, and hoses have been replaces. The leak seems to be coming from the front of the engine block. It only seems to leak when the car is running and drips pretty fast. My diagnosis is the water pump but I wanted to see if anyone else thought differently. Possibly a freeze plug or head gasket? I dont think so for either but Im no engine mechanic either.



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    Re: Coolant leaking

    Head gasket would be my first guess. Check if there is coolant in the oil. If there isnt chances are its not the head gasket.



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    Re: Coolant leaking

    It's called a weap hole, it's on your water pump. Which mean's your pump is about to go to ****. Replace.




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    Re: Coolant leaking

    I got a pump because my first thought was the water pump, I really havent had time to look at it in the daylight so i havent been able to check the oil, mostly i was hoping it wasnt a freeze plug and wanted another opinion.



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    Re: Coolant leaking

    could be freeze plugs in the block



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    Re: Coolant leaking

    Where are freeze plugs typically located? I know the engine usually needs pulled to replace them. I just got off my *** and checked the oil, I dont see any coolant or water in the oil on the dipstick. Im doing a change tomorrow so Ill know that for sure. It doesnt smoke when its running and actually runs well at this point, Being that it seems to come from the front my guess is the water pump but there is a cover so i cant see the pump at all. I get the windshield tomorrow and i guess thats when ill be doing the pump. It sat for about three years without a radiator and a small amount of coolant/water in the block, has a new thermostat, radiator and hoses.



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    Re: Coolant leaking

    Its a G5. What motor is it. And is the leak on the left or right side. SO say you are facing your car. motor in front of you. leak on the left or right. How many miles do you have on it. Anf reeze plugs lol. Id go with water pump first or INTAKE gaskets first. Or even that intake plenuim gasket if its the 3.9.




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    Re: Coolant leaking

    No sir, its a Chevette, the G5 is fine engine wise. 86k on the vette. New thermostat and radiator. the leak is coming from the front of the engine if im facing it, I cant tell if its the pump because its covered up, I drove it around because it hasnt really been moved since I worked on it. After driving it for probably a half a mile, I let it sit running, and then off and there really hasnt been any further leaking, I still suspect the water pump (i bought one).



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    Re: Coolant leaking

    Chevette. A vette then. What motor is in it. LT or LS. LT's are very very known for water pumps going bad.




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    Re: Coolant leaking

    Its a cs 1.6L



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    Re: Coolant leaking

    Quote Originally Posted by nateberrier View Post
    Its a cs 1.6L
    Year. Im going to have to look this up for some bit. My interest is very peaked.




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    Re: Coolant leaking

    And no I didnt mean 'vette, I meant Chevette, 1986 1.6L 3 Speed auto 2DR hatchback,


    Has a windshield and minus the A/C now BTW

    PS its a tallblock inline four. 90% its the water pump unless of course the freeze plugs are in the front too.



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    Re: Coolant leaking

    Quote Originally Posted by nateberrier View Post
    And no I didnt mean 'vette, I meant Chevette, 1986 1.6L 3 Speed auto 2DR hatchback,

    Has a windshield and minus the A/C now BTW

    PS its a tallblock inline four. 90% its the water pump unless of course the freeze plugs are in the front too.
    O I know the car. Worked on a few of them. Couple of local farm kids have them for work cars. Fun little car it is.

    Im banking its the water pump. Have you tried to pressure test it. Kits like that are cheap and could always use one down the road. Also the freeze plugs will be along the block. Most likely will be on the passanger side the way the block is slanted to.




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    Re: Coolant leaking

    I tore the front off the **** thing today, it was the pump. I wish I had just taken it to someone though. Had to take off the timing belt to get to it, also found out the main is leaking. Thats the nature of the beast though, hopefully after this ill be done though.



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    Re: Coolant leaking

    Quote Originally Posted by nateberrier View Post
    I tore the front off the **** thing today, it was the pump. I wish I had just taken it to someone though. Had to take off the timing belt to get to it, also found out the main is leaking. Thats the nature of the beast though, hopefully after this ill be done though.
    make sure you have the timing procedure before putting the timing belt back on or you will be in some trouble lol



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