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I have a radiator leak on the right side of the engine there is a little block where hoses connect it doesnt seem to be a hose what could it be 2001 ford focus please help

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This could be the start of a water pump failing. They usually leak small amounts as the seal and bearing begin to fail.

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Follow the upper radiator hose to the engine. The hose connects onto the thermostat housing. When coolant is drained, and upper radiator hose pulled off the housing, the housing can be removed by pulling off the two retaining bolts and lifting housing off. Then you will see the thermostat in the engine block. Lift it out to replace. Clean the mating surface of housing to block, use a new gasket for the housing to block, put it all back together. Do not over tighten the housing to block bolts or it may leak there. run the bolts down evenly until finger tight, then take a socket wrench and give the bolts a couple of turns. Not too tight-you can always turn them a little tighter if it starts to leak there after you have filled up the coolant, started the engine and checked for leaks.
Fill the radiator and the overflow reservoir. Leave the radiator cap off and start the engine. Let it idle until the thermostat opens -upper hose will get warm-coolant level should drop a little in the radiator when thermostat opens. Add coolant as necessary into the radiator. When the engine has reached normal operating temperature, put the radiator cap on and tighten it down. Shut off the engine and check once more for leaks. This procedure will ensure that no air gets trapped in the coolant system. Trapped air can lead to overheating.
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Radiator hose leak only when car is off.


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My ford has a leak on the right side front it smells like coolant over a two day period all the coolant leaked on the ground what do i do?


Well depending on what engine is in this vehicle, it could possibly be the water pump that is leaking or possibly a "freeze out" plug on the block. I would say it is more than likely the water pump. If you have no noticeable leaks from any of the hoses or radiator, i would definitely suspect the water pump or possibly the thermostat housing may have cracked and started to leak. My suggestion would be to look at all your hoses carefullly and then check the housings where the hoses connect to the engine block, if no signs of coolant are present, check around the water pump for noticeable coolant leaks. Hope this helps in your search for that coolant leak.

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RAdior is leaking badly what do I do? One of the hoses seems to be broken, and seems like a huge leak on the bottom??? Need help asap contact me at downloadkris4free@hotmail.com


  • Turn off the engine as soon as you suspect a leak, to prevent the engine from overheating.
  • 2 Determine which radiator hose is leaking and exactly where the leak is coming from by looking for wetness.
  • 3 Purchase 1 gallon of antifreeze and the correct replacement radiator hose from your local auto-parts store or dealer. (Radiator hoses are not interchangeable. They come in specific sizes and shapes for your particular car model.)
  • 4 Wait for the engine to cool down for at least 20 minutes, before beginning any work on the cooling system.
  • 5 Place a large pan or wide bucket on the ground under the hose to catch the coolant.
  • 6 Use a screwdriver to loosen the hose clamps at both ends of the hose you are replacing.
  • 7 Remove the radiator hose by twisting and pulling where it connects to the radiator and engine. If the hose won't budge, use a utility knife to cut it off the fittings.
  • 8 Remove the hose clamps from the old radiator hose and slide them onto the new hose.
  • 9 Put the new radiator hose on. Spray the inside of the hose ends with WD-40 if the hose is hard to get on. Tighten the hose clamps.
  • 10 Refill the radiator and the coolant reservoir with a 50-50 mixture of water and antifreeze.
  • 11 "Burp the cooling system" by running the engine with the radiator cap off until the engine warms up. Keep the engine running until both the upper and lower radiator hoses feel warm (this indicates that the thermostat is open and the coolant is flowing through the entire system). Burping the cooling system allows any air bubbles to escape. Add coolant to the radiator as needed.
  • 12 Look for leaks. Inspect around the hose clamps for dampness. Tighten the hose clamps if there is any wetness.
  • 13 Put the radiator cap back on.
  • 14 Check the coolant level after driving, to ensure there are no leaks



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    1. Follow the upper radiator hose from the radiator to the engine block and there you should see a neck where the hose is connected to the engine block.

    2. Take the hose off by removing/loosening the clamp and pulling the hose off. Sometimes it's easier to use a screwdriver to pry the hose off. Be careful though not to damage the hose.

    3. There should be 2 bolts on top off the housing. Take the bolts completely out and remove the housing from the engine block.

    4. Remove the thermostat and gasket from the block and clean the location good with a wire brush. This ensures a good seal for the new gasket. Sometimes it helps to have a razor blade or other scraper to clean it with. Try not to score the metal when cleaning.

    5. Installation is reversed. Some thermostats require a sealant to be used with the gasket, be sure to ask when you buy the thermostat.

    6. Start vehicle and let it run for a little bit to check for leaks. If everything checks out, you are good to go.

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    1. Follow the upper radiator hose from the radiator to the engine block and there you should see a neck where the hose is connected to the engine block.

    2. Take the hose off by removing/loosening the clamp and pulling the hose off. Sometimes it's easier to use a screwdriver to pry the hose off. Be careful though not to damage the hose.

    3. There should be 2 bolts on top off the housing. Take the bolts completely out and remove the housing from the engine block.

    4. Remove the thermostat and gasket from the block and clean the location good with a wire brush. This ensures a good seal for the new gasket. Sometimes it helps to have a razor blade or other scraper to clean it with. Try not to score the metal when cleaning.

    5. Installation is reversed. Some thermostats require a sealant to be used with the gasket, be sure to ask when you buy the thermostat.

    6. Start vehicle and let it run for a little bit to check for leaks. If everything checks out, you are good to go.

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    1. Follow the upper radiator hose from the radiator to the engine block and there you should see a neck where the hose is connected to the engine block.

    2. Take the hose off by removing/loosening the clamp and pulling the hose off. Sometimes it's easier to use a screwdriver to pry the hose off. Be careful though not to damage the hose.

    3. There should be 2 bolts on top off the housing. Take the bolts completely out and remove the housing from the engine block.

    4. Remove the thermostat and gasket from the block and clean the location good with a wire brush. This ensures a good seal for the new gasket. Sometimes it helps to have a razor blade or other scraper to clean it with. Try not to score the metal when cleaning.

    5. Installation is reversed. Some thermostats require a sealant to be used with the gasket, be sure to ask when you buy the thermostat.

    6. Start vehicle and let it run for a little bit to check for leaks. If everything checks out, you are good to go.

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    1. Follow the upper radiator hose from the radiator to the engine block and there you should see a neck where the hose is connected to the engine block.

    2. Take the hose off by removing/loosening the clamp and pulling the hose off. Sometimes it's easier to use a screwdriver to pry the hose off. Be careful though not to damage the hose.

    3. There should be 2 bolts on top off the housing. Take the bolts completely out and remove the housing from the engine block.

    4. Remove the thermostat and gasket from the block and clean the location good with a wire brush. This ensures a good seal for the new gasket. Sometimes it helps to have a razor blade or other scraper to clean it with. Try not to score the metal when cleaning.

    5. Installation is reversed. Some thermostats require a sealant to be used with the gasket, be sure to ask when you buy the thermostat.

    6. Start vehicle and let it run for a little bit to check for leaks. If everything checks out, you are good to go.

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