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Keep busting coolant gaskets

rfcsoulja 26.06.2012, 01:16
Alright. I just finished replacing my lower intake gasket due to it leaking coolant (with the help of a hand full of cool ass DH members who stopped and lent a hand). Now (a week later) my water pump gasket is leaking. Is this a sign of a bigger problem or do yall think its just a bad luck type of deal. It seems like I have some excess pressure in my coolant system but I'm not sure how to check that.
jrhaden 26.06.2012, 02:02
Damn that blows
okhatch 26.06.2012, 02:42
It is a domino effect, you replace one then the next weak point goes bad. I would do a pressure check.
Relentless 26.06.2012, 13:30
You have those bolts in the bottom of the upper intake that have the rubber washer things on them right?
cobra13 26.06.2012, 13:34
possibly a boost leak somewhere Brandon? Cracked intake or something maybe?
rfcsoulja 27.06.2012, 00:20

Originally Posted by Relentless:

You have those bolts in the bottom of the upper intake that have the rubber washer things on them right?

Not sure what you're talking about.
foxchassisfreak 27.06.2012, 00:44
Blown head gasket could do this also
cobradoc 27.06.2012, 01:33
Winner^^^^^^ not uncommon on a v6 car. Does the cooling system pressurize shortly after cold start?
foxchassisfreak 27.06.2012, 02:38

Originally Posted by cobradoc:

Winner^^^^^^ not uncommon on a v6 car. Does the cooling system pressurize shortly after cold start?

I hurt a head gasket on my Windsor, first thing it did, was explode my overflow bottle.

3.8 cars are notorious for popping head gaskets
rfcsoulja 27.06.2012, 04:01
Here's the deal, It would seem that if I had blown a head gasket, it would pop my overflow bottle cap off (that seems like it be a lot easier to blow off then popping a gaskets that has bolts torquing it down) and/or over heat. . . Neither of which is happening. I also don't have any coolant in my oil. On the other hand, now I'm not even sure if it is my water pump gasket. This damn car is toying with my emotions. I jacked it up and saw a spot I thought was leaking under the water pump (fresh green coolant on and around a remnant of torn gasket sticking out). I dropped it and noticed coolant was actually puddling on top of the water pump. I clean it, a day later it returns. So I clean it again this morning. I drove to norman and back and the puddles have yet to return. I haven't been leaving any coolant trails or puddles, nor have I over heated. This thing is messing with my mind. . . .
foxchassisfreak 27.06.2012, 12:51
It doesn't always put coolant in the oil if you have a leaky head gasket, I'd do a quick compression test to rule it out.
rfcsoulja 27.06.2012, 16:47
Figured it out. It is the upper radiator hose clamp. Thing is, it obviously only leaks when the thermostat is open and its pressurized, thus why the leak was intermittent. I'll get a new clamp on there and hopefully that fixes things. Tired of buying coolant.
foxchassisfreak 27.06.2012, 20:36

Originally Posted by rfcsoulja:

Figured it out. It is the upper radiator hose clamp. Thing is, it obviously only leaks when the thermostat is open and its pressurized, thus why the leak was intermittent. I'll get a new clamp on there and hopefully that fixes things. Tired of buying coolant.

Hell ya, cheap fixes are awesome.
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