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Radiator water leak,

Just had my 1.6 head recond. as radiator cap was faulty and cooked the motor, now all is back working except for water leak somewhere in the motor it would seem. My mechanic who did the repair has unfortunetly passed away and he was aware of the problem and had suggested that he would re-o-ring the drain plug, but I have done this and water is still disappearing, no visible leaks, no water in the oil and I just pressure tested the radiator & motor and it appears OK. Any suggestion would be appreciated.. Thanks Bori.

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  • Bori Bawden Mar 02, 2009

    No leaks anywhere visible, worried it may be cracked block or incorrect fitting of head gasket, though will try another new radiator cap next

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Check to make sure the thermostat housing isn't leaking. as this is a common problem on rebuilt motors. the only other place i can think of is to check the freeze plugs, not usually the case. also check water pump.

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