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Water leak looks as if it is coming from around flywheel cover plate on bottom of engine.

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Aside from HEATER HOSES this Sounds Like A FREEZE PLUG LEAK and they DONT Leak EASYILY unless Engine is EXTREEMLY DRY & EXPOSED to SALTWATER or , Vehicle is Exposed to SNOW & ICE AREA'S Of The USA that Treat the ROADS With Salt, Now I Have Seen them RUST Through for NO Aperent Reason, So Please Dont Hold Me to the SALT Exposure. BUT INSPECT this LEAK VERY CAREFULLY For the SOURCE of it Intake Manifold Gasket, 2.) Heater Hoses. 3.) Freeze Plug 3.) Any Other Coolant Source that May Be Able to FOOL you Into Thinking its Coming From Where you SEE IT. ( IT COULD SRPAY FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE and end Up Where You SEE IT.

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