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Old 03-12-2007
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HELP! Coolant leak

So heres the deal, I know the theres about three hundred thousand threads about this thus far, but I already looked through quite a few, so I figured it'd be easier to just ask.
I know nothing about how to work on this truck, and I wish I did, but the extent of my knowledge is changing oil, and air filter, and rotating tires.
Anyway my problem is my coolant is leaking like crazy, when I stop I can get out and look under the truck and see dripping. When you open the hood you can't see anything wrong, but when you look up from under, you can see coolant all over the **** down there. It seems to be dripping off the engine area, not so much the coolant , and windshield washer fluid box's.

Its a 93 Ranger XLT
4.0 V6 with about 64 thousand miles on it.

Another note, is it normal for the breaks to be worn out extremely quick, even with easy breaking?
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it could be coming form the valve the controls flow to the heater core. On my 2.3 its located on the left side of the engine bay about a foot away from the firewall and 9.5 inches away from the fender.
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ditto, thats where mine was leaking from, turn your heat on and turn the fan on with it and check on the back left corner. i think its got one hose leading in and two leading out, i dont remember, might be vise versa, if the coolant is hitting the ground right behind the passanger front tire and looks like its rolling off the inner fender, i bet thats where it is coming from, it was like 12 bucks at the ford dealership
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btw do not get them at auto zone. my replacement lasted a month.... I put a ford one in and it has been going strong for the past 7.
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Since the under side is wet. Check the radiator drain stopper.

Also check the lower hoses.


There is an uv dye you can buy. You would need a strong blacklight too see it in the daylight.
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So...

Okay, thats great, it sounds like it isn't too much work, or money to fix.
My next question would be ; is it okay to drive while it is leaking like this? Will it cause any further problems outside of wasting a lot of coolant?
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Thanks a ton for all the input, btw.
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Whats the typical temp in your region?

If your above freezing most of the time and depending on how much you leak. You can get away with just water.
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Right on. I live in Solvang, which is like 30 minutes up from Santa Barbara, so around this time its nice.
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DO NOT TRY any of those "radiator stop-leak" fluids. You'll need to diagnose the leak source before trying to fix it.

Check the water neck. It's a black plastic piece that bolts to the cylinder head with 2 10mm bolts. It supplies coolant to the head and block via the radiator hose which connects to the top of it with a spring-lock clamp. It also houses the thermostat, which controls this flow to the head/block.

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