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Just replaced thermostat in 1978 ford bronco because of overheating now water seems to be leaking from flywheel area

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  • dgrella Jan 18, 2009

    thank you we'll try checking out the water pump may sound like stupid question what is a bud

  • dgrella Jan 18, 2009

    can anyone out there tell me what the bud is when referring to the water pump

  • dgrella Jan 19, 2009

    duh...thank you about the "bud" now that I read it again it makes sense. Shouldn't take rocket science to figure that one out!!!! :)

  • electrolass Apr 19, 2009

    I have a 1978 Ford F250 Supercab Lariot with the "Camper Package."  After a bit of running at idle, I begin to smell hot coolant.  When you look under the carriage, you see water leaking out of the area around the seal of the water pump.  I think it is a faulty thermostat.  Before the leaking began, the heater failed to kick, and I believe that is an indication of a thermostat stuck closed, which means the coolant is not being allowed to circulate to the radiator.  Does this sound like a plausible explanation.  I am going to replace the thermostat first and see if the that stops the problem.  If not, then I will check pump or the radiaotor.  I now no not to look for the 'bud."

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If the water pump is leaking the water pump is bad replace it

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It's possible that there is a freeze plug that has broken through and leaking which involves removing the transmission to verify. another possiblity is that the intake gasket at the rear has blown neer the cross over ports. verify that the water is comming form inside the bell housing or running down from above.

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If coming from water pump replace bud. thermostat opens at pressure if replaced thats not your prob look at water pump and radi? let it idol to bliud pressure and look on bottom of water pump there is a hole to releave pressure .

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  • austo Jan 18, 2009

    sorry bloke thats just aussie talk for mate. is it leaking from the rear it could be your core plugs there above your rear main seal bro.



  • austo Jan 18, 2009

    hey crygivens? getting to full on bud. if your still running air con in the old beast it can just be running down looking like it's coming from inside the bell housing. let her idol and spot were it is leaking best bet to keep it cheap ?good luck bud

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Sounds like your waterpump is leaking.

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    Shane Fowler Jan 19, 2009

    i think he meant bud as in buddy...lmao

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