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Coolant leak from right side (front) of transverse mounted engine. It is dripping down from somewhere above and in line with the alternator. 1/2 the width of serpentine belt shows wet. I am unable to identify the water pump, but that would be my guess. Yours?

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Before checking the water pump the simplest thing is to go to your parts store and either borrow or rent a radiator pressure tester. By adding about 12PSI to your coolant system you should be able to easily identify where the coolant is coming from. This is a nice way to test for leaks, no hot engine no moving parts and you can use a make up compact mirror if you don't have a telescoping mirror to look behind things.
Chances are its a bad heater hose or coolant bypass hose.

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