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Water leak in back of engine

I have a water leak in back of engine ..i was wondering if it was a freeze plug

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That's possible. I would check the heater hoses. They mount to the heater core at the firewall, from the engine. You maybe able to see the freeze plugs from underneath.

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  • When your heater core leaks it will not leak in the engine bay. The heater core is behind the dash and will make the passenger side floorboard wet. Also the windows will fog when on defrost and a sweet smell will take over the cabin. I don't suspect the heater core. BUT the heater core hoses are against the firewall and one could have cracked a leak. You will notice this though. You will see two smaller hoses going into the firewall on the passenger side of the vehicle. If they are leaking they are an easy spot.

  • Your water pump is more in the mid section on top of the belt drive system. Water could be splattering back there but if you see it steadily leaking from back there with the vehicle off then I would not suspect the water pump.

  • Freeze plugs are where the engine sits as it is cast, when being made. The holes that are left when the engine is lifted after casting are where the freeze plugs go. This is where the antifreeze circulates around the block to keep the engine cool. This is what I suspect is the problem. If that freeze plug is accessible the you can replace it no problem. If it is not then you may have to take it to a repair shop so they can lift the engine up a bit and replace it.

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