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OK.. got the car back from the dealer (14 days). Dealer replaced the ITM, black pipe under ITM and oring. The car is dry. Dodge tech said the coolant was leaking down the from of the engine and the electric fans were blowing the coolant to the back of the engine. If the car stays dry, I am a beliver.
 

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4 years later. Are u still a believer. My 2004 3.5 intrepid is doing the same thing. Exactly as how you describe.
 

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4 years later. Are u still a believer. My 2004 3.5 intrepid is doing the same thing. Exactly as how you describe.
It's almost always the o-ring where that pipe plugs into the underside of the lower intake, or the pipe itself is rusted thru.
 

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intake gaskets too. but you'll be replacing them when you do the oring anyways too.
but even if it's lower intake gaskets, replace the oring and check the tube for corrosion as well.
 

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I pulled the intake apart today. I did notice the mount bolts on the intake were hardly even tight and there was damage to the lower intake gasket, but that could've easily been the removal process. I did not see any coolant evidence that it was leaking from there though.

So I jacked up front end of the vehicle and inspected as best as i could with a flashlight and mirror. It was wet on the passenger side of the block by the freeze plugs but the freeze plugs looked fine. There was more wetness on the side of the transmission case. On the the driver's side, there was wetness around the thermostat area and the oil px sensing unit, but really no trail coming from the hose or the thermostat housing. Also there was wet areas on the steel lines that run back on the other side of the transmission case. The o-ring on the bottom of the intake looked good. When the car ran last, there was no leak until it got to normal operating temperature. I noticed water mist shooting up from the engine and it poured real good between the radiator and the front end of the transmission case when I turned the car off. So I'm at a bit of a loss as to where this leak is coming from. Right now, the front end is up on Jack's so when I get the intake manifold back together, I can check a bit better underneath the car. I just hope to god there is no crack in the block or s blown head gasket.
 

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Oh btw..there was no pooling in those valleys between the heads, just a lot of dust and dirt. Here are some pics where I saw coolant splatter. By the trans case and around freeze plugs and on drivers side by the thermostat.
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Ok fwiw, I changed upper and lower IM gaskets, thermostat, water pump and timing belt. Now have to put everything back together, keeping fingers crossed.
 

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Same issue.. But all the tubes and plugs from top side look good, but underneath, the coolant is literally coming from inside the bellhousing and dripping fast out the bottom, when pressurized..
Would it still be the intake manifold gasket? What sends it into the bellhousing when nothing is visibly wet from the top or sides.. Kid just got this 08 Charger, and though we went over it well at the test drive and all looked good there, no coolant in oil, no leaks on site.. till couple days later, and decided to check levels, and do oil changes..
Water level really low, added coolant.. still didnt see any leaks right away, then it looked like pooling down in the plastic bottom cover slightly.. little checking, and a lot were saying water pump, so being over 100,000 decided worth it to replace water pump, timing belt.. but got that all back together, and still leaking.
Closer look and it was running good right outa of bell housing opening once i removed the peak cover...
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2008 Charger is an LX series vehicle. Many of the previously described solutions are specific to the LH cars...1998-2004 only.

You should be checking into LX Forums such as LXForums.net for your specific vehicle. LX series is 2005+

The upper and lower intakes changed along with plumbing for heating under the manifold that our solutions don't apply to you.
 
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