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Antifreeze leak leak is coming from up under top pulley arm that pulls my fan belt.

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Sounds like it might be a leaking water pump behind the pulley.

Posted on Jan 09, 2013

  • marcus harris Jan 09, 2013

    im thinking the same also, thanx

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