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Old 16 Dec 2009, 11:14 am
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Default Coolant Leak - Timing Belt

My PT is exhibiting a small leak (coolant)on the same side as the belt. They tell me it is a 9 hour job. Drop engine, remove covers, good time to change the timing belt and they suspect but cannot guarantee that it is the water pump.

What are the odds it is the head? Or somthing else such as frost plug. The engine did overheat recently after the shop replaced a turbo coolant line and left a vapour lock in the system.

They are talking in the vicinity of $1,100.00 to do this job and replace the timing belt and water pump. Based on another post I read looks like I should ask for a tensioner as well?
Tough to swallow that much investment in a car that would net maybe 4 times that if I sold it.

Car has 128,000km on it or about 79,500 mi. It's an '03 2.4L Turbo

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Old 16 Dec 2009, 04:59 pm
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Default Re: Coolant Leak - Timing Belt

Suggest a dye in coolant that shows up under UV light to show source of leak.
I would suspect the pump, as I've read of that leaking. I have not read of freeze plug leaking. Head gasket usually goes either into combustion chamber - resulting in overheating, or oil, resulting in milky oil.
Check all hoses - particularly fittings - first. They can leak, too.
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Old 16 Dec 2009, 05:58 pm
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Default Re: Coolant Leak - Timing Belt

Hard to see but check the upper radiator hose that's hidden under the upper manifold, the end you can't see. If that's loose and leaking, the coolant will leak down the side of the timing belt and give the impression of the water pump leaking.
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