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arnold
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      30-11-2004
Hi there !! My friend has a 1990 740 sedan and there is an antifreeze leak
(puddle on the ground) It drips from where the engine meets with the
transmisson, on the passenger side, but it could be squirted from a pinhole
somewhere, I cant really tell where it is coming from, but I suspect either
a freeze plug or the 2 hoses in the back that go to the heater core inside
the car though the firewall.

The question is, how dificult is it to replace the hoses, I can see one
clamp, the one that connects to the pipe that comes from the water pump, the
other one is under the intake manifold. Does the manifold have to come off?

Thanks

Arnold


 
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James Sweet
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      30-11-2004

"arnold" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Hi there !! My friend has a 1990 740 sedan and there is an antifreeze

leak
> (puddle on the ground) It drips from where the engine meets with the
> transmisson, on the passenger side, but it could be squirted from a

pinhole
> somewhere, I cant really tell where it is coming from, but I suspect

either
> a freeze plug or the 2 hoses in the back that go to the heater core inside
> the car though the firewall.
>
> The question is, how dificult is it to replace the hoses, I can see one
> clamp, the one that connects to the pipe that comes from the water pump,

the
> other one is under the intake manifold. Does the manifold have to come

off?
>
> Thanks
>
> Arnold
>
>


The hoses aren't too hard to replace, I've done it on the side of the road
in the middle of nowhere in Alberta in the winter, pays to replace them
pre-emptively when you have a nice warm garage. A trick I've used to track
down the leak is to unplug the overflow hose from the radiator, plug the
nipple on the radiator with a scrap of hose and a bolt or something, and
then use an air compressor connected to the hose to pressurize the cooling
system to about 5 psi. Don't go too high or you'll make a leak where there
isn't one, but this allows you to simulate operating pressure without having
the engine hot so you don't burn your hands on the exhaust manifold or get
sprayed with scaulding hot coolant. You'll probably see coolant dripping or
spraying from somewhere as soon as you pressurize it, should be a simple
matter to feel around and find out where it's coming from.


 
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Peter K L Milnes
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      30-11-2004
The manifold does not need to come off. If the pipe from the pump is metal
make sure that it is integral and not leaking due to rust from inside. It is
most likely a leak from the heater pipes before they enter the bulkhead.

Cheers, Peter.

"arnold" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:58Zqd.1246$zK1.755@trndny05...
> Hi there !! My friend has a 1990 740 sedan and there is an antifreeze
> leak
> (puddle on the ground) It drips from where the engine meets with the
> transmisson, on the passenger side, but it could be squirted from a
> pinhole
> somewhere, I cant really tell where it is coming from, but I suspect
> either
> a freeze plug or the 2 hoses in the back that go to the heater core inside
> the car though the firewall.
>
> The question is, how dificult is it to replace the hoses, I can see one
> clamp, the one that connects to the pipe that comes from the water pump,
> the
> other one is under the intake manifold. Does the manifold have to come
> off?
>
> Thanks
>
> Arnold
>
>



 
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arnold
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      01-12-2004
Thanks for the sugestion, I will get the hoses from FCP Groton, and replace
them anyway. and will build some contraption to pressurize the cooling
system.

Thanks

Arnold
"James Sweet" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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>
> "arnold" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:58Zqd.1246$zK1.755@trndny05...
> > Hi there !! My friend has a 1990 740 sedan and there is an antifreeze

> leak
> > (puddle on the ground) It drips from where the engine meets with the
> > transmisson, on the passenger side, but it could be squirted from a

> pinhole
> > somewhere, I cant really tell where it is coming from, but I suspect

> either
> > a freeze plug or the 2 hoses in the back that go to the heater core

inside
> > the car though the firewall.
> >
> > The question is, how dificult is it to replace the hoses, I can see one
> > clamp, the one that connects to the pipe that comes from the water pump,

> the
> > other one is under the intake manifold. Does the manifold have to come

> off?
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Arnold
> >
> >

>
> The hoses aren't too hard to replace, I've done it on the side of the road
> in the middle of nowhere in Alberta in the winter, pays to replace them
> pre-emptively when you have a nice warm garage. A trick I've used to track
> down the leak is to unplug the overflow hose from the radiator, plug the
> nipple on the radiator with a scrap of hose and a bolt or something, and
> then use an air compressor connected to the hose to pressurize the cooling
> system to about 5 psi. Don't go too high or you'll make a leak where there
> isn't one, but this allows you to simulate operating pressure without

having
> the engine hot so you don't burn your hands on the exhaust manifold or get
> sprayed with scaulding hot coolant. You'll probably see coolant dripping

or
> spraying from somewhere as soon as you pressurize it, should be a simple
> matter to feel around and find out where it's coming from.
>
>



 
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grtdane63
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      01-12-2004
Arnold: Get a spare cap off a Volvo brake reservoir it will fit on the
radiator reservoir. Go to the parts store and get a screw type valve stem,
drill the proper sized hole in the cap and install the stem on the brake
cap. Use this to pressurize the cooling system. Use a bicycle hand pump, 5
to 7 lbs should be enough to check for leaks.

Harold


"arnold" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Thanks for the sugestion, I will get the hoses from FCP Groton, and
> replace
> them anyway. and will build some contraption to pressurize the cooling
> system.
>
> Thanks
>
> Arnold
> "James Sweet" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:Om3rd.5660$Hk6.908@trnddc05...
>>
>> "arnold" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>> news:58Zqd.1246$zK1.755@trndny05...
>> > Hi there !! My friend has a 1990 740 sedan and there is an antifreeze

>> leak
>> > (puddle on the ground) It drips from where the engine meets with the
>> > transmisson, on the passenger side, but it could be squirted from a

>> pinhole
>> > somewhere, I cant really tell where it is coming from, but I suspect

>> either
>> > a freeze plug or the 2 hoses in the back that go to the heater core

> inside
>> > the car though the firewall.
>> >
>> > The question is, how dificult is it to replace the hoses, I can see one
>> > clamp, the one that connects to the pipe that comes from the water
>> > pump,

>> the
>> > other one is under the intake manifold. Does the manifold have to come

>> off?
>> >
>> > Thanks
>> >
>> > Arnold
>> >
>> >

>>
>> The hoses aren't too hard to replace, I've done it on the side of the
>> road
>> in the middle of nowhere in Alberta in the winter, pays to replace them
>> pre-emptively when you have a nice warm garage. A trick I've used to
>> track
>> down the leak is to unplug the overflow hose from the radiator, plug the
>> nipple on the radiator with a scrap of hose and a bolt or something, and
>> then use an air compressor connected to the hose to pressurize the
>> cooling
>> system to about 5 psi. Don't go too high or you'll make a leak where
>> there
>> isn't one, but this allows you to simulate operating pressure without

> having
>> the engine hot so you don't burn your hands on the exhaust manifold or
>> get
>> sprayed with scaulding hot coolant. You'll probably see coolant dripping

> or
>> spraying from somewhere as soon as you pressurize it, should be a simple
>> matter to feel around and find out where it's coming from.
>>
>>

>
>



 
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James Sweet
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      01-12-2004

"arnold" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Thanks for the sugestion, I will get the hoses from FCP Groton, and

replace
> them anyway. and will build some contraption to pressurize the cooling
> system.
>



Another trick you can use for that is go to a scrapyard and get a coolant
resivoir cap, drill a hole in it and glue in a tire valve which you can get
anywhere that sells bicycle or car parts. Then you can pump it up with a
simple tire pump if you don't have an air compressor.


 
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James Sweet
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      01-12-2004

"grtdane63" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Arnold: Get a spare cap off a Volvo brake reservoir it will fit on the
> radiator reservoir. Go to the parts store and get a screw type valve stem,
> drill the proper sized hole in the cap and install the stem on the brake
> cap. Use this to pressurize the cooling system. Use a bicycle hand pump,

5
> to 7 lbs should be enough to check for leaks.
>
> Harold



Oops, I should have read that post before I replied to the other.


 
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