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Coolant leak-'96 Buick 3.4 V-6

Pass side, under alternator, small black plastic elbow is leaking coolant.

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    Jim Rowe Sep 22, 2008

    Does this elbow have a name?

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Sounds like what is normally called a bypass hose. It however is normally made of rubber, like the radiator/heater hoses are made of. If it runs from the water pump to the intake manifold, then a bypass hose would be it, regardless of its composition.

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