Hi guys, I've just finished doing the intake manifold gasket replacement (which was hell, due to corroded bolts) and now I have a coolant leak somewhere. I'm trying to locate it (and really hoping that I didn't do something wrong with the gasket job), but I haven't been able to find it so far.
I'm not very knowledgeable with cars (yet--I have no desire to remain ignorant) and I don't really understand where the coolant goes and how it flows through the system.
I found this diagram in the 2nd-gen FSM:
Is this very similar to the 1st-gen setup or is there a similar diagram for the 1st-gens?
I know the coolant has to go through the engine somehow--I know there's the upper radiator hose that connects to the front of the intake manifold and then there's the heater hose that comes out the back, but where does it go between those points?
If anyone has any ideas on where it could be leaking, here is what I know so far:
- I can't see any visible leaks from above (and this is with a lot of stuff removed).
- On the underside, the water is dripping dead-center and at the rear of the engine compartment.
- I've disconnected the upper radiator hose and the heater hose from the back of the intake manifold and it still leaks (not from those hoses) if I pour more distilled water into the system. This makes me think that it's probably leaking at a lower spot in the system, but again I'm not sure how everything flows.
I'd be very appreciative for any help/insight!