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Antifreeze problem i have antifreeze leaking from the back of the engine somewhere and cant see it is it a hose or a gasket

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Could be a core plug which is behind the bellhousing in the back of the engine block

Posted on May 30, 2010

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Check to see if the hose going through the firewall for the heater core is the culprit. You may need to crawl around a bit with a flash light to see it.

Check your coolant level to see if you need to add more coolant before you drive too far.

Posted on May 30, 2010

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