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Windstar overheating problem losing alot of water every time i drive , cant figure out were its going

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  • robert williams Feb 12, 2012

    i did as you said and it seems like i have a pinsize hole on the freeze plug under the waterpump

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First order of business is to see if your leaking, best bet is to start it up and pop the hood, look at fittings and connection, look under the car to see if you have a drip. likely areas are back of water pump, radiator seams, hose ends&connections. look for damaged or cracked & brittle hoses as well. chances are its leaking the water somewhere. if its not leaking then its loosing it because its boiling over when you over heat. if this is the case its either your water pump, thermostat, cooling fan or radiator. you can check your water pump by looking at the weap hole under the pulley and see if its leaking water, or by removing the belt and wiggling the pulley, if its loose or wiggles around the bearing is shot, if it seems good and tight then you should be ok. you can test your thermostat by removing it and placing it in a boiling pot of water and see if it opens up, you can check you fans by simply starting the car and letting it get to operating temperature and seeing the the fan turns on. and you can check you radiator by taking it to a radiator shop and having it tested.

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  • Josh Canaday
    Josh Canaday Feb 18, 2012

    now that you found the issue just make sure that while you replace the freeze plug you look into why there is a pinsized hole. normally freeze plugs either corrode over time or do their job and push out when the water in the engine freezes. so just be sure to inspect the area to make sure there isnt something else going on thats going to reoccur and cause you a headache later on.

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