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Re: Jeep Liberty-02 crack in timing cover broke clamp on...
It is within your rights to have the dealer show you the "crack" and give a reasonable explanation of why it cracked, BEFORE you permit them to do repair. There is a huge price difference between a hose and a cover. (for that matter, just about anyone with a scredriver & pliers can change a hose)!!!!
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That is referred to as a freeze plug. They are placed in engine blacks and heads to prevent cracking should the coolant freeze in the block. The expanding water would push them out. They will rust out over time. They can be removed and replaced. They are just a press-in metal disk.
there is a possibility that it is a radiator hose, or it could be a bad radiator i would take it to a shop and have them do a pressure test on the cooling system and see what they say !
if you have any mechanical skills you can try to warm the jeep up and then when it is hot look around the radiator and see if you see were its leaking from !
I love my 04 jeep I have replaced the water pump because my anti freeze was leaking..my gasket on my water pump was bad..Then 2 months later again leaking antifreeze,replaced the pump again..then again I ended up having to replace the timing cover because it built up so much pressure that it put pivets in the cover that or because they removed it so many times to replace the pump..thats where i would check first then go from there.
Cheap fix first: inspect the line connecting the overflow jar to the radiator. Inspect the overflow jar for cracks. Does it leak while it's parked? Sight down to the puddle from under the hood, It should show you where it's coming from. That's a nine year old car. If it's hard to find you'll need a pressure test (any shop). Perhaps you need new hoses and clamps? Perhaps you're due for a flush and fresh coolant? How long has it been, how many miles? Coolant's a maintenance item. The worst case scenario would a leaking head gasket. It's a joint partway down the engine a few inches below the valve cover(s), Not as common, but it will only get worse. Coolant problems are best dealt with before summer arrives and you become stranded on the x-way.