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Water Leak My 2000 Windstar appears to have a water leak just above the thermastat housing,but with everything attached to the engine on top it's har to determine just where it is. Do you have any idea what the leak could be coming from? Thanks, Ron.

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Theres a steel pipe delivering coolant to your heatercore that travels accross the top of the engine which frequently rusts and fails. i think this is whats happening here. I tried using window urathane to coat mine and havent had an issue for 4 months now... but i recommend buying the part new and installing it

Posted on Oct 01, 2009

Testimonial: "Was exactly as stated. Just finished replacing part. Screwy way of routing water to heatercore but thats ford for you."

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    Wolf May 28, 2010

    update: my urathane patch is still holding :)

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