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Leaking Antifreeze bad

As of mid last 2009, my truck has been leaking antifreeze. It was minimal at first, so I never bothered with it. In about November I decided I'd change the waterpump, as my brother in law said that was the problem, but that didn't fix it. I feel as if I wasted $200 or so there cause it kept leaking slowly. Now over the past 2 months it's gotten worse. 2 weeks ago I bought 2 gallons of antifreeze and today it was empty. I filled her back up today, so I'll have to see how long that will last me. The other thing my bro in law said was to tighten the hose form the radiator to the water pump and that'd fix it, but it definitely did not. So now I'm stuck and need this fix. Any other ideas guys?


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- Leaking coolant
- Changed water pump and still leaked
- Tighten hose from radiator to water pump and still leaks
- In 2 weeks I went through 2 gallons of coolant
- Need input to figure out why it's leaking so bad!

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Is it leaking it on the ground or are you just mysteriously loosing it?


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Can you pin-point what part of the engine the leak is coming from? (front, rear, drivers side, passanger side)

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From what I see, mysteriously because it's all around the belt, water pump, and around the motor. I park my truck in grass, so I haven't seen a 'leak' spot on the ground. I'll put a board under my truck tonight and see if it leaves a leak spot, so maybe I can pin point it.



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I really can't pin point it because it's around the hose where it connects to the water pump, but looking under the truck I want to say it's on the passenger and driver side.

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you said you tightened the clamp on the hose. could it be the hose itself? Or maybe the water pump didnt seal when you installed it? Does it leak when its running or when its shut off or all the time? it is deffinatly leaking it and not burning it?

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It leaked the same with the older water pump and the new water pump. I think it leaks while I'm driving it because I can smell it bad after I get out of my truck.

Sorry for being so vague, but I really don't know much beyond the basics of a vehicle. I will check the hose and maybe it was that we didn't seal the water pump right, but it makes me wonder cause it leaked the same after the new one was installed.

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FROM THE FLEET OF VEHICLES WE HAVE I HAVE SEEN WATER LEAKS AROUND THAT AREA BE THE THERMOSTAT PIPE ONE THAT ATTACHES TO THE PUMP .BAD ORING AND THE PIPE ITSELF IS RUSTED AND PITTED.AND ALSO SEEN THE BOTTOM PIPE ORING GOING TO THE LOWER RADIATOR HOSE LEAK WHERE IT ATTACHES TO THE PUMP.ALSO GASKET ON THE FRONT HEADER OF THE OIL COOLER SEEP .THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE ONES I HAVE ENCOUNTERED.SONDS LIKE A PRESSURE TESTER IS IN NEED.
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As of mid last 2009, my truck has been leaking antifreeze. It was minimal at first, so I never bothered with it. In about November I decided I'd change the waterpump, as my brother in law said that was the problem, but that didn't fix it. I feel as if I wasted $200 or so there cause it kept leaking slowly. Now over the past 2 months it's gotten worse. 2 weeks ago I bought 2 gallons of antifreeze and today it was empty. I filled her back up today, so I'll have to see how long that will last me. The other thing my bro in law said was to tighten the hose form the radiator to the water pump and that'd fix it, but it definitely did not. So now I'm stuck and need this fix. Any other ideas guys?


Cliffs:
- Leaking coolant
- Changed water pump and still leaked
- Tighten hose from radiator to water pump and still leaks
- In 2 weeks I went through 2 gallons of coolant
- Need input to figure out why it's leaking so bad!
Just a thought but have you looked at the radiator? could have pin size hole and fan is blowing it everywhere.
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Haven't looked at the radiator yet, but I will tomorrow or Sunday when I get a chance. I filled it up when I got home and haven't touched it, so in the morning I'll check to see if it lost any. If it is the radiator I guess I'll just have to get a new one and hope it fixes all my problems!

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My bro in law said he would check it tomorrow since he has the tool to check the pressure. That way we should find out where it is leaking. Drove about 16 miles today and lost half of the coolant (well water since I didn't feel like wasting money). Hopefully it's fixed tomorrow.

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