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Why is it leaking?

I have a leak but it's not the radiator or the hoses. I drove it home an when I got out of the car and checked, it had stopped. When I took the radiator cap off, it started to leak and the leak is on the side where the starter is.

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Get engine hot, idling, with hood up
see that leak? sure you do..
that point of leakage, is what is bad. (unless it squirts and if squirts the point of squirt, source is bad, not landing spot.....
the system has 12psi normal pressure hot
and this a fact , will show you what leaks. (rad cap good)
just look, and if confused send a photo of that leak.?
photos are amazing things, almost 1000 words worth.

car is 97 corolla too. made side by side same day, same place.

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is engine, 7AFE? it has its own cooling parts.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015

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It sounds like a water pump. Releasing the pressure by removing the radiator cap could make it start leaking again because the water pump is probably the only component on the cooling system that would leak, then stop and then leak again. If you had a void in the radiator, hoses or expansion plugs, releasing the pressure would have no effect.

the water pump us with the timing belt so the repair will be extensive. You must check the cooling system's ability to hold pressure, and different pressures at that, with a cooling system pressure tester. That's really the only right way to diagnose this.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015

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Probably the freeze plugs in the engine. A pain to remove, but necessary. It will only get worse.

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Try again , and say where car leaks, with hands in pocket.

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Hi,its always better to fix the problem,(some times we havent got the time)
so for a tempery fix I would put a bottal of stop leak just so it gives you time to fix it.
hope this was some help.

Posted on Apr 06, 2015

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