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Old 06-28-2002, 03:19 PM
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Cracked block or blown freeze plug?!?

So i took my car in for some work because it seemed that the water pump was leaking coolant. Well after my mechanic got thru with it he called me saying, He couldn't find the leak, and that it's comming from under the pump area but he just couldn't get to it with out takin off the pump, condesser, all the crap on the right side... So he basically said, Sorry Mr. Hunter but u could have a cracked block, BUT the good news is that it could just be a freeze plug. So after all the trouble with the car i just laughed, and told him i'd take it to a Mercedes Specialist and see what they say... Does anyone here really think it could be a cracked block, it has over heated a few times but nothing too bad. It would be music to my ears if it was just a freeze plug.

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Old 06-28-2002, 05:26 PM
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Old Lyme, Connecticut
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You need some better diagnostic work. If the leak is coming from under the pump, I do not think you have a freeze plug there to my knowledge. The pump cover, shaft bearing and impeller assembly screw into the pump housing, an aluminum casting machined to house the pump impeller and mate to the block. The pump cover seals to the housing with a gasket that can get old and fail, and the housing seals to the block by a gasket too.

While it is uncommon for the gaskets to just fail, it is possible your car is not running on its first water pump and someone has damaged the sealing surfaces. In this case it could be the water pump housing to block or pump cover to housing joints that are leaking.

At any rate, you need to find where the leak is coming from and there are various techniques, including adding flourescent dye to the water and shining a black light on the block to look for signs of weeping or leaking.

Once you know what the problem is you can explore fixes. Good luck, Jim
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