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2001 taurus v-6 overheated and now have water leak at rear of engine. Water comes out of starter casing at the bottom also, also from sheet metal cover to bottom of transmission on engine side, also from firewall side of engine drips but cannot see where. Put water in radiator reservoir and immediately runs out from these areas. I replaced the water pump already twice. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Fernand Luc Bergeron Jan 03, 2011

    is it a big leak ? was it freezing recently ?

  • tcjh3rbh4356 Jan 03, 2011

    Yes, the night before I added just water to the coolant reservoir, about 2 quarts. The car has not been overheating but day before the heater would not get hot so I added water. There was antifreeze when I replaced water pump about 6-8 months ago so didn't think would freeze. Anyway we did have a hard freeze for almost a week and now water leaks immediately out when I replace in reservoir. Thanks

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We have the same issue. We had a busted frost plug and replaced it but still leaking out of starter and everywhere else in the engine.... there isnt a way for me to tell where its coming from exactly, because its everywhere? Is it pretty much junk now? Or can I fix this?

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Your antifreeze mix wasn't strong enough so the frost plug/s could've busted. raise the vehicule and inspect while an assistant pours water in the radiator to find leak. next, solve all the leaks and all should be good

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