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The engine is over heating. i checked and the radiator was empty, dead giveaway huh!...i filled it up, started the car and the water isn't circulating even though i drove it around for a short while to get the temp up. i then noticed a leak on the RHS of the motor, behind all the pulleys and wheels for the pulleys. geek speak for a non-petrolhead...i cannot pinpoint the origin of the leak precisely...can this be a cracked head..broken water pump...i'm not sure where the water pump is...please help a lost soul..

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More than likely the water pump seal has failed. You will have to replace the waterpump to get this fixed. It takes quite a while for water to start circulating due to the thermostat which blocks water from flowing into the radiator when it is still cold (less than 90deg celsius). Due to the overheating the thermostat may also have been damaged and stuck in the closed position. It is not expensive so have it replaced along with the waterpump to be safe. A cracked head will not leak water outside the engine. (In 25 years I've not seen this once)

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