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Old 08-26-2009, 06:44 PM
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My truck is leaking Antifreeze. Problem is, I cannot locate the leak. I am having to watch my reservior and have to refill it about every few months. It's a very slow leak. I took the truck to a couple places check for leaks and they cannot find it. Once in a while when the truck is idling, I can smell the antifreeze but still cannot find the leak. The leak must be small enough that it may hit the block and evaporate right away.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:19 PM
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try some dye in coolant - good auto parts store will set you up.

floresent dye ..... a black light will aid it locating dye.

if applicable - rear heat check the Y in heater hose back of eng...

A/c evap drain if a heater core issue

A coolant pressure tester will allow you to check easily on a cold eng..available as a loaner or rental at autob pats sstores
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:45 PM
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hum? smell it and no signs anywhere. Well usually a leak even small leaves a trail of something like dried antifreeze. Perhaps a small leak in the heater core? this is why you are able to smell it with such a small leak? other wise it would be actually pretty hard to smell antifreeze leak small as ur experiencing I would think. Bad radiator cap?
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Hate to say it... hate to say it... hate to say it...

Freeze Plugs.

Consider easier-to-replace rubber ones or lifetime costly-to-replace brass ones to put back in.

don't jinx me!

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If their is a leak and its evap'n it'll leave a trace of yellow/white residue. Generally i'd say check the weep on the pump, oil, rad, bypass line under ac, thermo housing, freeze plugs, and lastly transmission.

Mine only showed on the tranny due to a bad heater core, my 99 has a hole out the fire wall and it dripped on the trans . Doubt its your problem but heres a few snaps
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HIJACK WARNING

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What plug wires are those? I am due for replacements and like the look a lot. Do they stay clean or does dirt settle in on them making them dingy?

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HIJACK WARNING

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What plug wires are those? I am due for replacements and like the look a lot. Do they stay clean or does dirt settle in on them making them dingy?

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LOL i was thinking the same thing.. seen them and said i want them...
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I think those are just covers.


Kensai<------ Look at the T-stat housing and also look at where the trany lines go into the radiator.
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I think those are just covers.

Naaaa. Think? I am betting LiveWires. We'll see.

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Naaaa. Think? I am betting LiveWires. We'll see.

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Yeppers, livewires.
Got em with my PD kit -screamin demon/livewires/cap/rotor etc etc got the wires and cap in blue
Part# DODGETKKIT (SD Coil, LiveWires, Cap & Rotor) $179.96 Wires alone are $95. though

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With my open flares and constant offroad mud mess, they have held up pretty damn good and kept their shine.
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Cool i am getting a set... I really like the look..


Lets see a pic from above (under the hood shot)

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They look good but whats the output? Also, whats the resistance of the wires? I dislike that I can't find this information?
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Yeppers, livewires.
Got em with my PD kit -screamin demon/livewires/cap/rotor etc etc got the wires and cap in blue
Part# DODGETKKIT (SD Coil, LiveWires, Cap & Rotor) $179.96 Wires alone are $95. though

That's cheap. I'm running Magnecor's now. They are not so cheap. Since they are 3 years old, time for something new. I'm going LiveWires! Looks great.

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^ Does anyone know the specs on these? ^
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best I could find for ya
http://www.performancedistributors.com/livewire.htm
has number on page u may be able to call and get more specifics.
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Im running .065" gap with no problems, the coil and wires do the trick...
Indy make sure you get larger wire holders if you do get the live wires, they wont fit any off the shelf product, i had to drill out plastic ones. They sell billet ones that do the trick.. Also if your getting the coil you'll need the adapter aswell..
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Cool i am getting a set... I really like the look..


Lets see a pic from above (under the hood shot)
Cant really get ya any good shots, im on 6 months 5 events mud dirt build up so the engine bay isnt the cleanest. (Remember im sportin no fenderwells so psssshhhttt on the dirty bay comments...) Ima try and get some time next week to run through and clean er up. I'd like to say im on 2+ years on these and still holding strong.. when i clean em up i'll show ya how purty they keep.
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Freeze plugs, Okay, I haven't not thought of checking around that area or the lower area of the engine, but yeah, hopefully it is not. I only smell the antifreeze from outside the vehicle while engine is running. And I don't smell it all the time. Random times only. When I do smell it, it is feint, not a strong odor. But feint enough to cause me to look around. So far, everything on top of the motor to water pump is dry. Had a couple of shops did a visual inspection and did not find any either. I thought it may have been my heater core going out again but as the water is draining out of my drain tube from the evap core, I felt it and smelt it and no indication of antifreeze leak.

The last time I had leaks were coming from the t-stat housing and the return heater hose tube connected to waterpump. I have fixed both areas a long time ago and so far, they are still dry. If the leak is coming from t-stat housing, time for new intake manifold (edelbrock air gap!!) aluminum in that area is pitted up badly from previous leak. Also had the head gaskets replaced from dealer a while back before my factory warranty ran out.

But right now, I am monitoring my antifreeze fluid level. Been having to refill the reservoir every couple months. or every month if I drive it more often.
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Replace the radiator cap with a 15psi. If you're smelling coolant it's probably letting pressure get by. I was having a problem with mine bubbling over into the overflow resevoir. I did a flush and fill and new cap. All OK now. Prestone sells a good kit. Quick & easy. Refill to at least a 50/50 mixture so that it tests out to 265 degrees before boil over.
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Livewire = "A spiral wound core also offers extremely low resistance of 300 - 350 Ohms per foot for optimum spark travel."
http://www.performancedistributors.com/livewire.htm



MSD = "In a single 12 inch length of Super Conductor Wire there is only 40 - 50 ohms of resistance! That is the lowest resistance of any helically wound wire"
http://www.msdignition.com/product.aspx?id=6339


I wonder which one is better........... Not Livewire!


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Im running .065" gap with no problems, the coil and wires do the trick...
Indy make sure you get larger wire holders if you do get the live wires, they wont fit any off the shelf product, i had to drill out plastic ones. They sell billet ones that do the trick.. Also if your getting the coil you'll need the adapter aswell..
I run 0.42 gap on my MSD after indepth review into the hotter burning plug. I tried many different gaps and found this the best for me. No matter what you shouldn't need more than + .010 over OEM setting at .040 for the 5.9L and 5.2L respectfully. The output of the coil is 40,000 volts which the OEM is 36,000 volts. The MSD coil (8228) I run (which has a better name) runs the same 40,000 output and MSD stand by their products with the history as you can see. http://www.msdignition.com/product.aspx?id=5067

Here is the ignition I have with exception of the cap an rotor that I am doing a test with Echlin products. 50k + miles on these bad boys.
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My truck is leaking Antifreeze. Problem is, I cannot locate the leak. I am having to watch my reservior and have to refill it about every few months. It's a very slow leak. I took the truck to a couple places check for leaks and they cannot find it. Once in a while when the truck is idling, I can smell the antifreeze but still cannot find the leak. The leak must be small enough that it may hit the block and evaporate right away.
The antifreeze is leaking into the cylinders
blown head gasket it will idle rough every six months to 8months to the point u have to replace the injector.
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