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Anti freeze leak

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by chas4x4, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. chas4x4

    chas4x4 Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    Does any one have a idea what would cause anti freeze to leak down the back of the bell housing and around the starter. I can't see any cooling lines that would run in the back of the engine I thought maybe heater core but that is dry.It is not leaking a lot I am hoping it will last till after our storm Tuesday and Wednesday.It is a 1997 F250 5.8l engine
     
  2. mwalsh9152

    mwalsh9152 Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    intake manifold, head gasket, rotted freeze plug are a few guesses. Also, check the heater hoses and make sure they arent dripping down onto the engine
     
  3. Jacobsmovinsnow

    Jacobsmovinsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    what he said and pressurize the rad. If its still not evident , there is a dye you can put in the antifreeze and with flashlite in the kit you can trace it
     
  4. chas4x4

    chas4x4 Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    I figure it may be the intake I hope it is not the head thanks for the input.
     
  5. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Look at the heater line for the throttle plate. It may be leaking a stream. Run it up to operating temp and look carefully for it when you shut it off.
     
  6. 4x4 Ford

    4x4 Ford Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2

    my fatherinlaw had a simalar thing on his ranger and he took it to the ford dealer and they put a dye in the rad and found it was leaking intake.
     
  7. chas4x4

    chas4x4 Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    freeze plug

    Found out what it was freeze plug on the back of the engine have to pull the engine to get to it may as well check the other one's at the same time.
     
  8. glennemay

    glennemay Member
    Messages: 76

    I know it's pricier, but since it's out I would add a couple of other things to the laundry list.

    i,e, exhaust manifold check, new bolts there, Spark plugs, all new freeze plugs, check the oil pan,

    Not to mention all new seals. I have actually seen folks pull and engine and try and re-use the old gaskets and seals. don't do it.


    Good Luck.
     
  9. chas4x4

    chas4x4 Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    anrtifreeze leak

    I probable should have changed some of these things when I changed the oil pan about 5 years ago I am going to look close this times.
     
  10. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I have even replaced the rear main oil seal when I had one out. It's worth it to buy the right seal installer. Works the first time and you know it's in right.
     
  11. mwalsh9152

    mwalsh9152 Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    where on the back of the engine is the freeze plug thats leaking?