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Ford Taurus 1997 3.0L efi V6 Coolant leak

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Steve

Sacramento, CA

#1 Dec 29, 2006
I have a really bad leak. As soon as I put coolant in, it spills out. Looks like it is coming from between the block and the transmission and spilling straight down onto ground. There is no visible leak from anywhere up top and I only see the leak from the bottom of vehicle. Is there some coolant line between the block and the transmission?
EdNc

Winston Salem, NC

#2 Feb 8, 2007
I have the same problem. Were you able to find where it is coming from?
ray

United States

#3 Feb 11, 2007
has anyone found the problem?
Mark

Vail, AZ

#4 Feb 25, 2007
It is probably coming from the heater core just on the other side of the firewall. The heater core is either on the passenger side on more towards the middle of the firewall. It is a major job to replace the heater core.($800 Job) The whole dash has to come out just to get to it. But I was able to fix my 99 Ford Taurus With the following. This car has a factory problem that the hose from the water pump goes straight to the heater core. Putting to much pressure in the heater core. Causing it to break open. Here is the fix. Remove the hose that is going from the water pump to the heater core at the heater core end. ONLY do this when the engine is cold!!
Place a flow restrictor in the hose or the heater core opening. I used the little tapered piece that comes with the tube of RTV. It fits into the heater core, but the RTV tube end stops it from going into the heater core. And it the hose slides right over it. Just cut off the tip at the second smallest taper. First put some stop leak directly into the heater core if possible. If not just put it into the reservoir. Put the hose back on, tighten the clamp. Fill with coolant. Let it idle for ten minutes or so, to seal the leak. Recheck the coolant level. Should be good to go. If you don't put the restrictor in the hose, the leak seal will not seal for very long. With the restrictor it should last for years.
david

Indio, CA

#5 Feb 28, 2007
i have a 99 taurus with a overheating problem and i've check the obvious like thermostat water pump radiator coolant levels ....can someone help me
Jason

Salt Lake City, UT

#6 Jun 22, 2007
"have a really bad leak. As soon as I put coolant in, it spills out. Looks like it is coming from between the block and the transmission and spilling straight down onto ground. There is no visible leak from anywhere up top and I only see the leak from the bottom of vehicle. Is there some coolant line between the block and the transmission?"

Same problem here. Any solutions found?1
00perfredgt

North Royalton, OH

#7 Jul 2, 2007
Tauruses have a maze of coolant hoses. Some of them run above trans.I replaced all of mine it took about 14 hours. Parts were about $250.Not a fun job
Alex

St. John's, Canada

#8 Jan 7, 2008
I've had the same problem with my 97 Taurus. I found out that the leak was coming from the plastic resevoir where you pour the coolant into. Apparently they are famous for cracking and splitting from underneath.(You might want to take it off and examine the bottom of it)I bought a used one for cheap and replaced it myself. It's fairly simple. Solved my problem. Good luck!
jerepo

United States

#9 Jun 13, 2008
had the same problem on a 96 DOHC Duratec engine. Turned out to be the heater hose that runs from the heater connection at the firewall to the water pump. The ford dealerships could not find the part. Went to NAPA and their part number 11029 works. Discovered a little trick while replacing the hose. The water pump with the back part of the body is almost imposible to remove because of the length of the mounting studs. Removed the studs from the engine and cut them off to have about a thread past the nut. Chamfered the end to get a good starting thread and now the pump can be installed with out a problem. Note the aft flanges on the pump are thicker than the front!

Since: Dec 08

United States

#10 Dec 17, 2008
Alex wrote:
I've had the same problem with my 97 Taurus. I found out that the leak was coming from the plastic resevoir where you pour the coolant into. Apparently they are famous for cracking and splitting from underneath.(You might want to take it off and examine the bottom of it)I bought a used one for cheap and replaced it myself. It's fairly simple. Solved my problem. Good luck!
Ditto. My 97 was leaking, too, and it ended up being the reservoir. Went to pick and pull and found that all reservoirs had already been taken off all sables and taurus on the lot. Found parts place with a whole STOCK of NEW ones for good price...been back AGAIN for another one as it happened again.

Used to have a 1980 Ford Granada and it was a wonderful car...easy to work on...my ex was a mechanic...he bought it from me when I got my first new car--a TOYota...Had a Honda Accord, too. Not sure what I'll get next...
RMA

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Apr 13, 2009
After several mechanics said it shouldn't happen, I got one to pull the engine and found that most of my freeze plugs had holes in them (especially the ones facing the transmission). He replaced them all with brass freeze plugs. This should not happen to most cars, and I can't explain why it happened to mine, unless someone put something corrosive in the coolant system (I bought the car used, about 15,000 miles ago). Have your mechanic watch the leak, otherwise they might not believe it.
blackman

Portsmouth, VA

#12 Oct 10, 2009
this t-shape water hose looks to be the corprit. the leak finds a weak point and appears to leak slowly and when the car is well cool and setting the leak flows. the plastic T seems to be the weak point.
anyway, i'm gonna change it.
Teresa

Higdon, AL

#13 Feb 7, 2010
I have a 1996 Ford Taurus that is leaking water out of the resovoir tank. We previously had the same problem and we replaced the thermostat and the resovoir tank cap. The problem stopped for a while and now it is happening again. The leak starts slowing, losing only a little water at a time and then a week later it overheats after putting water in the tank and driving only 4 miles. You can usually tell the resovoir is low on water because you get a nasty antifreeze or some kind of smell in the car when you stop or something. Please tell me what to try next?
Sean

Maple, Canada

#14 Mar 8, 2010
My sister drives a 97 taurus and I have to do a ot of the work on it. She is currently having a coolant problem as well. If you have the 3.4 litre model I would sugest that you check the hose coming out of the bottom of the water pump. There is a metal line between two rubber lines and they are known for rotting through. The holes may be small at first so the leak isn't very quick but get worse with time.
Meghan

Lexington, KY

#15 May 16, 2010
Do you know what this line is called? where can I get a replacement one and how much do they cost?
Sean wrote:
My sister drives a 97 taurus and I have to do a ot of the work on it. She is currently having a coolant problem as well. If you have the 3.4 litre model I would sugest that you check the hose coming out of the bottom of the water pump. There is a metal line between two rubber lines and they are known for rotting through. The holes may be small at first so the leak isn't very quick but get worse with time.
Dave

Virginia Beach, VA

#16 Dec 1, 2010
I have a 97` taurus. coolant running out from between transmission and block. This is the only place I see water coming out. Need help to figure this out.
eya

Alexandria, VA

#17 Dec 31, 2010
I have the same problem on my 97 taurus.water is leaking from the resoviour.a mechanic changed termostat and water still leaks from the resorvior...please help on what it could be ?
JJ in MN

Springfield, MO

#18 Jan 1, 2011
eya wrote:
I have the same problem on my 97 taurus.water is leaking from the resoviour.a mechanic changed termostat and water still leaks from the resorvior...please help on what it could be ?
If it's leaking from the cap, then I can't help you. But if it's from the bottle, then replace that. They are notorious for cracking on the bottom. When pressure builds up, it expands those hairline cracks and leaks out. You won't be able to see the cracks until you've pulled the bottle out. I know, because I just went through the same thing. You can get a new bottle for around $25-$30 at Napa or other parts stores. Mine came with a new cap even.
Tony

Buffalo, IN

#19 Jan 5, 2011
My 2001 is leaking antifreeze only when i am driving it. It does not leak when parked. Where could it be leaking from?
Perry

Cape Girardeau, MO

#20 Jan 5, 2011
Steve wrote:
I have a really bad leak. As soon as I put coolant in, it spills out. Looks like it is coming from between the block and the transmission and spilling straight down onto ground. There is no visible leak from anywhere up top and I only see the leak from the bottom of vehicle. Is there some coolant line between the block and the transmission?
I have a leak on a line that is on the firewall and I can't get to it and have no idea where it goes. I do know that it lay flat against the firewall.

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