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3800 New Front Coolant Leak Puzzling by Dennis LaGrua
Started on: 12-09-2013 10:31 PM
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My 2006 gen III 3800 just developed a new coolant leak somewhere on the front side of the engine. We can see coolant running down on the rear manifold heat shield but the top of the engine the front, rear and the surface along the valve covers where it meets the LIM is completely dry. We suspect that either a freeze plug worked loose or that the seepage is from one of the manifold bolts. Tomorrow the heat shield will come off and we will see what shows but this leak is puzzling. Sure hope that its not seeping from the side of the head!!. I am certain that I will find the leak but meanwhile does anyone have any ideas? The guess so far is one of the manifold bolts

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You're description is kind of confusing because you are referring to "front" and "side" of the engine incorrectly. If you mean the leak is coming from the same side of the motor as the exhaust manifold there I can't think of anything other than the freeze plug or maybe knock sensor. The common coolant leaks on these engines are LIM gasket, coolant elbows (usually not used with fiero swaps though), the little cover plate on the LIM below the throttle body, rear or front cover gasket and the usual places like waterpump and tstat housing.

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Originally posted by sco77:

You're description is kind of confusing because you are referring to "front" and "side" of the engine incorrectly. If you mean the leak is coming from the same side of the motor as the exhaust manifold there I can't think of anything other than the freeze plug or maybe knock sensor. The common coolant leaks on these engines are LIM gasket, coolant elbows (usually not used with fiero swaps though), the little cover plate on the LIM below the throttle body, rear or front cover gasket and the usual places like waterpump and tstat housing.



This leak is definitely not a LIM leak so I would agree with some of your other possible causes. Its been too darn cold to get back into the garage of late but this weekend I will get the heater going and see what gives.
AFAIK, the front of the engine is the end with the water pump, the rear is the one with the trans on it. In transverse mounting. then I refer to the front side and rear side. How else would you describe it. The leak is on the front side near the firewall. The top of the engine is completely dry. The leak is dripping along left to right on the manifold shield. Looks like its somewhere in the vicinity of the exhaust manifold bolts on the trans side. I am expecting that as soon as I pull the heat shield off we should see the leak. Thanks for the reply.

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Report this Post12-12-2013 05:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JustinbartSend a Private Message to JustinbartEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Are you sure its not coming from the front cover on the side of the motor?

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Report this Post12-12-2013 07:33 PM Click Here to See the Profile for djlamp14Click Here to Email djlamp14Send a Private Message to djlamp14Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Post some pictures I'll tell you
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