I just got my starter fixed, put in a new battery and two new tires. Went for a quick drive and all of a sudden noticed my temp was getting to 220. Pulled in the driveway to cool a bit. When it did cool I noticed a steady leak and it looked like it was coming from the transmission coolant lines(thought I could have cracked one when I put the new starter in) but it turns out its coming from a seal that runs parallel to the coolant lines. It's at the bottom of the engine. Was thinking its the oil pan. It's rectangle in shape. Would an intake gasket failure cause a leak like this? Have read that head gasket failures on a 350 are rare. Truck has a camaro 350 with double hump heads(not sure if the head description matters). Any help is appreciated. TIA.
Sorry for the confusing description. Im a bit of newb. When I poor water into the radiator it leaks directly from the side of what I think is the oil pan. I guess I'm asking could water leak from there and not be mixed with oil? I have a friend who knows more then me coming by this afternoon to check it out. I didn't think to check the oil and will when I get home this evening. He seems to think its a freeze plug. He swears it can't be a head gasket. Hope that's true. He suppose to pick it to paint it today.
yeah coolant leak. I'm hoping I just misjudged where the leak is coming from. It was getting dark when I was messing with it. Hoping I feel mighty foolish when I get home and check and its just a loose hose or dry rot.
Edited by sammy36532 on 04-03-12 09:15 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
You can replace that one without removing the engine, it's just a bit of a chore. There's a special tool for freeze plug installation that helps a lot.
Won't kid you that it's "easy" - a good friend of mine (with decades more wrenching experience) just did one for me in that same spot after I failed at a previous attempt.
You should be able to borrow/rent the tool from pretty much any auto parts store.
Try your damndest to avoid the temptation of the rubber expanding style plugs; they seem like a great idea and doubtlessly have worked well for some people, but I had two in a row give up in different ways, the second of which costing the head gaskets on the engine.
Just finished putting it on my buddy's car trailer. He's gonna put it on a lift for me and 'help' me though the process. Then hes gonna take the rust off, do some body work(wife backed into it) and then paint it for me. Can't wait to get it back.