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97 dodge caravan 3.0 engine leaking water

Cant find where water is coming from top of motor, motor got hot and blew raderator hose, now it is leaking out of top of motor and I can not find where it is coming from

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I had a similar experience. Radiator was split, replaced it. Drove for awhile and had leak from "top" of engine. Turned out the "o" ring on the water pump was leaking. There is a tube that runs across the top of the engine from drivers side to the pump on top of the engine (mine a 3.0). Replaced "o" ring and while I was int there replaced pump also. Word of warning, you have to a lot of work to get to the pump. No really, a lot.

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Hi Stephen

You need to get a cooling system pressure tester, and pump up the cooling system to 15 lb-sq in.

With a good torch, you should be able to spot the leak no problem.

Good Luck.

John.

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Try checking all the way around the head gasket.

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