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Coolant line behind the water pump is leaking in the valley of the engine. (rubber line to steel, under intake.) How can I fix this?

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If you have a pipe leaking you need to replace it. Only onei can think of thats close to intake is the In/out to heater matrix.

But if its leaking from waterpump it need a new gasket.


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