Water/coolant leak

Asked by May 27, 2016 at 05:54 PM about the 2002 Ford Explorer XLS 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a water leak on my 2002 Ford
Explorer. I noticed a smell today when I left
work and it didn't run hot until about 30
mins later. Now I have noticed a leak in the
front of the motor. I need some advice.

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90,955

Usually a water pump in the front of the motor, it will have to be replaced, no quick fix, and do it soon you don't want to loose an engine.

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Not sure what it's called but where the hoses are connected maybe to the intake it looks to be leaking there. Would it hurt if I continued to drive it as long as I kept water in it until I could afford to get it fixed?

90,955

I would not, but it's your vehicle, but only short hops, refill cooling system, another short hop, refill cooling system, remember these engines do not like excessive heat, you might get by overheating once but anything after that and your asking for serious engine work.

Dang. Thanks for your help.

17,970

On the top of the engine, near the front there may be a plastic housing where the radiator hose attaches. There is one on the 2003. They are prone to leak at the seams, a replacement part is about 100 bucks, if that is the problem and is made of plastic. A aftermarket version is obtainable made of aluminum, which eliminates the leaking seam problem due to heat.

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