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Old 23 May 2015, 01:30 pm
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Question Water leaking

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Had water pump and timing belt changed in Feb. Starting last week, water is leaking out of car. I open radiator and fill it with water and it comes right out about 5" down from radiator spout. Car also is running bad.

Any ideas?
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Old 23 May 2015, 02:38 pm
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Default Re: Water leaking

The only thing in that area is the base of the radiator fill spout, sometimes they crack or warp, the water pump, or the on the back side of the water pump mount there is a tube and piping that carries the coolant to the heater.
The power steering pump might be in the way of a clear view to see whats leaking.
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Old 23 May 2015, 03:33 pm
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Default Re: Water leaking

will check....maybe a hose???
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Old 23 May 2015, 04:36 pm
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Default Re: Water leaking

my best guess would be the thermostat housing.
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Old 23 May 2015, 05:42 pm
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Default Re: Water leaking

The leak doesn't explain the running bad. Unless you have a bad head gasket.

You might have 2 issues?

The thermostat housing could be leaking or cracked, Upper hose leaking, or the gasket between the block and the housing that the thermostat goes in to could be bad. Another thing to look at could be the the temp sending unit could be cracked. It's under the thermostat housing.

Wipe it off good and look closely to see if the water is coming from the thermostat area or from behind the timing cover. I have a radiator pressure testing setup. It goes on in place of the radiator cap and I can pump the pressure up to check for leaks. Autozone (if you are near one) might have one as a loaner tool.

Good luck. Hope it's simple!
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Old 24 May 2015, 12:47 pm
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Default Re: Water leaking

Yep, changed thermostat. Water problem is now fixed.

Still running bad. Looked at it again today and looks like maybe EGR not hooked up?
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