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Coolant leak on 97 Dodge Caravan

On the top driver side of a 3.3 ltr engine there is a water leak between the engine and where the trasmission connects. I thought it was originally the water pump then filled with water and it ran out the opposite side of where the pump is

Water is dripping from between the engine and the flywheel. It is coming out by the oil pan. The water is clear (as my antifreeze had already dripped out and I replaced it with clear water to test). My oil is not "foamy". It's not coming from the heater hoses that run just above there, and the water pump is on the other end of the engine near the passenger tire. I can't find the source of the leak - any ideas?

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  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    Engine running hotter than usual and water dripping under passenger side



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There are core plugs in the back of the engine is rusted will need to remove the trans to replace them

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    How to remove trans.


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Heater core... may be a busted line, or leak coming from the heater core. some leaks like that cause water build up in the passenger floor board.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008

  • Jeff Ch Sep 09, 2011

    I had two v6 dodge caravan... If you found a pin hole size oppsite side of the water pump. where the water hosing blade cavity that moves water outer side, up above the large raditor hose, near and behind the oil temp. in the opening of water pump Bracket . it start to leak. Right in the middle or to the side, mind where not near any opening in the middle of the bracket . A small pin size hole. and ****** or spray onto the oil pan bolts the down. not big enough to over heat at first but see a puddle, then add water or it will overheat. I think it is due to not changing coolent and after a year or two or more . the coolent becomes bad and eats the cast iron? from the inside bracket back of water pump hosing, making the cavity eat away. and thins the wall and eats out.
    its finaly gets threw staring with a pin hole and then larger. On my first caravan the water pump cavctiy became larger and was unable to push water threw the systems, I had removed this water pump bracket that connect to all the other things ac, ect.. and look inside and it was much larger and a pin hole. On my second caravan it happend again years later. i cleaned up the area with files brushing and got the oil and water off and cleaned with acetone and apply 4min jb weld thin layers after drying 10 min the another layer ten times. applyed to the tip of a screwdriver til even coated and dry to cure before filling with water. . I thought it could of happen to me with my other van but i negleted to change the coolent... but with 1500 in repairs the first time, I thought that it could help a bit longer and change my coolent more frequently...cuz my second van has over 350k.

    Please let me know if i was even close to helping anyone, or If its only me..

    This is not the weep hole. not even close. its old coolent that turn bad and eats the metal of this cheapy made water pump housing. Not the water pump.



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