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Where is coolant drain plug on the block of a 2001 Ford Escort?

I just had a mechanic tell me that the freeze plug on the engine block of my 2001 Ford Escort is leaking and that it would cost $450 to remove the transmission to repair it. Does anyone know anyting about this? It seems like a lot of money and not a repair that is going to add any value to the car.

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  • bvesey77 Feb 13, 2009

    Thanks so much for the responses! I know it isn't good for the car to run hotter than normal but right now I'm not working and don't have the option to fix it. I did take a look at it. I'll take a picture of where I see it leaking if that will help, but it looks like it is leaking where the transmission attaches to the engine but I can't see it. It isn't a drip either, it is flowing out at a pretty good rate. More symptoms:

    • The car randomly runs hot and then the temperature just drops back to normal, at highway speeds and at idling - it doesn't seem to matter.

    • Sometimes even when the temperature is normal the car wants to stall when at a stop but is fine when in park or neutral. The oil light on the dash also flickers.

    • The temperature was normal last night for a while, but I was leaving somewhere and thought I would add water to avoid it overheating. When I did the car ran hot for the next 30 minutes instead of running normal.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    there are core/Freeze plugs behind the trans, and of course in order to remove them you must remove the trans, so yes the estimate sounds right to me, about 6 hours labor, have the clutch replaced if it is a manua while he is in there, how are the other core plugs



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The cooling drain plug is under the front of the car just under bumper and under the trim on the driver side but look to see if the cooling is coming from your intake gaskets are a heater hose

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Yes the estimate is about right. Really change the freeze plugs if they are leaking will not add value but when it runs hot from the coolent level getting low, it could run hot and warp the heads or blow a head gasket which will lower the value. Of course till its fixed. Better to fix one problem than have a problem to cause another problem.

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