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Ford 2000 Explorer-Leak of Radiator water from a strange palce. It is a screw in the bottom of the engine in a deep place. The mechanical said he must remove the engine or the gear (automatic) to get that palce and fix the leak. I added a german made solution to prevent the leak but its effect was little though I added 2 bottles (1 bottle is sufficiant fot 10 litres).

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Can you take a picture or describe coordinates, such as half way from the front, or 2 cm from the driver's side of the block.
It is in the pan, casting, front plate, etc.?

Posted on Aug 19, 2010

  • Fadhil Aziz
    Fadhil Aziz Aug 19, 2010

    Thanks Kirkx. It is in the side of the driver, which makes it in left side of the engine, It is about 50 cm far from the driver's wheel and is parallel to the rare edge of that wheel. I took a look and i dont think it is the screw because few centimeters above there is something like a melted metal.

  • Kirk Augustin
    Kirk Augustin Aug 20, 2010

    While I can't remember the specific engines that are available with a 2000 Ford Explorer, I can tell you about generic causes.
    The most common being a bad head gasket, which leaks under a head and drips down.
    Freeze plugs are also common, especially when one runs water instead of antifreeze, and they rust out.
    Actually they are not to relieve freezing water pressure because they would then have to be at ends of long corridors, but are the seals used to plug where the casting cores come through the molds.
    There are a few others, but they all have the same test method.
    You borrow a cooling system pressure tester from a place like Autozone.
    It is essentially a pump that replaces the radiator cap.
    You pump it above cap rating and wait to see leak down.
    The system has to be full when you do this.
    By pumping even higher, you can turn a little leak into a bigger one you can more easily identify.
    Don't assume anything, because I once had a leak in a Kia that was from the front of the head being a different piece than the rest of the head. I was sure it was a head gasket, but the head did not have to come off.
    Finally, run the engine and rev it up.
    If there is a high compression leak, you will see spikes in the pressure gauge when the leaking cylinder fires.

    As a final act, if you really want to identify what is leaking, but can't see it, you could try something more intense.
    For example, you could go to a salvage yard or repair shop and look at an engine that has been removed.
    They also sell a small color TV camera on a 3' probe, with hand held screen, for less than $100 at Harbor Freight and Home Depot.

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