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Old March 14th, 2006, 10:32 AM
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Coolant Leak - Help!

Hello all. Just had my heads redone and now have coolant leaking between the back of the cylinder block and the transmission from that little 1/2" drain hole on the bottom of the housing. I have learned now that the head gaskets may have not been the culprit after of course having them redone.

Question is now that we know there is not a leak from the gaskets, what else could be leaking colant down the back of the block and what is the best route to take. Mechanic says pull the trans as its the freeze plugs or a bad engine block. Uuuuugh!
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Old March 14th, 2006, 01:21 PM
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Yeah, freeze plugs are a very good possibility, there are two of them on the backside of the block. Unfortunately the only way to get to them is to pull the tranny or engine, since they are behind the flywheel. There is no way to even see them otherwise.... probably the most expensive $3 part in the whole truck.

While you're getting it done, if you are still on the original clutch and if your mileage is over 50k or so, might as well put a new one in if you can afford it. Save a lot of labor cost down the road, since they have to take the old one off anyways.

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Old March 15th, 2006, 07:56 AM
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Thanks Hans! More people have had to run into a similar situation. Help!!!!

Any ideas on what it costs to drop a tranny?
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Old March 15th, 2006, 08:28 AM
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a good mechanic will have it out and back in in 10hrs at the most.
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Old March 15th, 2006, 08:35 AM
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I had a coolant leak that looked like it was coming from the back of the engine but it turned out to be leaking at the thermostat housing. The coolant was running down the top of the engine between the intake and block (not sure if a '95 has a raised intake like a '97) then running down the back of the block. Before you drop the tranny check all the hoses and thermostat housing.

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Old March 15th, 2006, 10:58 AM
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a good mechanic will have it out and back in in 10hrs at the most.
Sounds about right. I was quoted 9.5 hours labor to do my clutch. I decided to do it myself in the driveway with the help of a friend you all know. I think it can be done in about 4-5 hours with a friend if you know what you're doing. There's your 9-10 hours labor.

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