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Old 02-17-2011, 09:00 PM   #1
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Found my radiator problem.

So my car has been losing antifreeze slowly. Maybe a refill a month? Lucky me, it started overheating while I was driving to school today. There is a small puddle below the serpentine belt, to the left. It looks like a hose is leaking? Or could this be worse?
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:37 PM   #2
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Re: Found my radiator problem.

Could be the water pump.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:55 PM   #3
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Re: Found my radiator problem.

Just about guaranteed to be the water pump. This exact thing happened to my sisters car and it was the water pump on her's.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:46 AM   #4
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The water pump, eh? What exactly does that do? And would that be a timely and expensive fix? In going to a shop today to have it fixed. :0
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The water pump, eh? What exactly does that do? And would that be a timely and expensive fix? In going to a shop today to have it fixed. :0
Pumps water? Lol keeps the engine cool by pumping the water through the system and all depends where it's located. In your case being on the front of the engine it's easy to get to so the labor cost won't kill you... Should be easily under $300
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Haha, sorry. I though it would be much more complicated than that. And crap. 300? There goes my money.
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Haha, sorry. I though it would be much more complicated than that. And crap. 300? There goes my money.
That's on the high end it should b much less what year mustang?
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It is a 1998 v6.
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It is a 1998 v6.
New pump is about $40 bucks give or take... It's the labor that will get u... Install it yourself very simple to do and tons of information about how to do it
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:44 PM   #10
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I have bad news... The pump is probably fine. However, the intake is leaking. It leaks near the injectors and runs down the motor.
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Re: Found my radiator problem.

Sounds like new gasket time, unless the intake is cracked........Little more of a job than the water pump, but still not bad!
You must have blown the welds on the intake!! You runnin NAWZ?
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I think I messed up the welds, haha. There is no milky oil or anything, so I doubt it is a gasket. :hope: I wish I ran some, ha ha.
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Re: Found my radiator problem.

Not a head gasket, just the intake gasket.
My vert has a bad one I think, because I have a small oil leak on the top of the engine. Noticed it after I got to looking at it. Wiped the oil up last night and seeing if it will pool up again before I tear it down.
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Oh, gotcha. My car smarts are really lacking, haha. I just hope whatever it is doesn't break my wallet too bad.
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No better way to learn than by doing. Get yourself a Haynes manual for your car and dig in! Any questions, just come here!
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I need one of those so bad. Haha. Thanks for your help, though. This site is the only site I can rely on to help my problems!
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I need one of those so bad. Haha. Thanks for your help, though. This site is the only site I can rely on to help my problems!
Yea intake gasket not too bad and again possible to do it yourself just do lot of research... Fiance's had same problem on her 96 but we traded it in considering it had 230,000 miles on it lol who says fords are bad cars??
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I want my car to last that long before I have to replace it. I try to baby it, but it is hard to baby something that already has problems. Lol.
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I want my car to last that long before I have to replace it. I try to baby it, but it is hard to baby something that already has problems. Lol.
Haha well all you can do is fix one problem at a time and by then you'll be an expert lol
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Update: Not only was the intake leaking, but two head gaskets were blown. At least that's what I think my mechanic said. Ha ha.
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Re: Found my radiator problem.

Well what are you planning on doing. Paying him to fix it or doing it yourself. That is a nice little upgrade there when you have it torn down to do top end work...
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:50 PM   #22
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He had already fixed it when I found out what all was wrong. But, my car sounds a lot better running now. I'm happy
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