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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:59 pm    Post subject:  3.8 still leaking coolant Reply with quote

It's been to the shop twice, and I'm now thinking of going to a different shop. Took it there due to leaking coolant and they replaced the radiator. Still leaked. Took it back and they replaced the coolant elbows. Still leaked. So I refused to pay because they didn't fix the problem. Regardless, I took some pictures to show what I'm talking about. Its not a slow flow either, it leaks substantial amounts and I am unaware why.

This is on the passenger side, slightly to the left of the wheel hub.



This is the same area, above the lower portion of the frame.



This appears to be coolant on the side.



Took the picture from in between the coolant overflow&fill and the alternator. Looks to be coolant standing down there.



Any ideas? Low coolant light comes on pretty often, almost daily.
From this picture you can tell where I park my car from the coolant all over the ground...


Oh, and my dog popped the basketball you see lying on the ground.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:20 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Have you had gaskets checked? BTW don't let the doggie drink any on the coolant. Animals love the taste but it proves fatal.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:51 pm    Post subject:  3.8 still leaking coolant Reply with quote

Pics help but I can only really see anything in the first pic. I ask, why do the drips on the frame look clear, not orange or whatever color coolant u have? Cool

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:14 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip, I know about the animals loving antifreeze. Apparently it tastes sweet to them. I wash it off every day, it was just before I had to show you guys.


I'm not sure why it appears so watery, it doesn't look that way in person though. It still has it's yellow color and appears glazed over. So you suggested getting the gasket's checked? How do I go about doing that? Just take it to the shop?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:57 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Have you checked the waterpump? It has a weap hole, check there

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:51 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

A tool which I find to be very helpful is the one inch mirror attached to a telescoping handle. That and a strong flashlight beam should help in finding the source of the leak.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:14 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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A tool which I find to be very helpful is the one inch mirror attached to a telescoping handle. That and a strong flashlight beam should help in finding the source of the leak.


very good tool

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:48 am    Post subject:  idea Reply with quote

I had the same problem on my 1999 Malibu... it ended up being the original gaskets on the front cover of then engine.

Basically there is one huge piece that covers that whole side of the motor. It also covers the timing chain. The Waterpump also mounts to it.

I found out the hard way that there are coolant passages in there.

The gasket set is about $80 bucks for it.

Bad news. Its about a 6.5-8 hour job.


The motors are basically the same. And I hope this info helps.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:27 pm    Post subject:  Re: idea Reply with quote

Basshead89 wrote:
I had the same problem on my 1999 Malibu... it ended up being the original gaskets on the front cover of then engine.

Basically there is one huge piece that covers that whole side of the motor. It also covers the timing chain. The Waterpump also mounts to it.

I found out the hard way that there are coolant passages in there.

The gasket set is about $80 bucks for it.

Bad news. Its about a 6.5-8 hour job.


The motors are basically the same. And I hope this info helps.



I did that job on a dodge ram, what a real PITA... I dont know what was so wrong with bolting to part to the block, but hey lets put an extra piece on the block and then bolt everything to that, lol

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:05 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It's called a front cover. And yes, that could leak as well. Although I would think if it was, it would be leaking into the engine too. Most likely your water pump.

Although, IIRC, some of the bolt holes on the front of the block are wet too.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

when you find the leak, please let me know.

when it was the front cover on my Malibu. It was leaking\dripping in the exact same spot.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:22 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for the tips guys. I'm going to attempt to get some better pictures and find where the leak is coming from.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:03 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

my bet is likely a water pump gasket...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:38 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Is the water pump difficult to locate/work on?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:46 am    Post subject:  3.8 still leaking coolant Reply with quote

Sorry, but if you have to ask that question, don't do it yourself. If getting someone who knows what they are doing . . . it's not difficult, maybe three hours start to finish. Cool

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