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I have water leaking from my engine as soon as I put it in. It is leaking from the back of the engine. I have looked in my chilton's manual and it apears to be from a freeze plug or core plug. My car is a 2001 ford taurus 3.0

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The core plug has rotted away and needs replacing, problem will be how too replace it, unless you have enough space to allow access for removal and replacement

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