I have a 98 Dodge Caravan that is leaking water but even though the radiator is empty or close to it the van does not over heat. What could cause this?


Asked by Aug 02, 2014 at 06:26 PM about the 1998 Dodge Caravan 4 Dr LE Passenger Van

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 98 Dodge Caravan is leaking water, but no puddling, and no mater how low it gets the
van does not over heat. I have changed out the water pump twice and the thermostat but
still have the leak.

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Do you have white smoke coming out the exhaust? If so you have a blown head gasket.

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Agreed. Pull spark plugs and do a cooling system pressure test. This will cause it to leak without engine actually running. If coolant gets in the spark plug holes or you see it in your oil then blown head gasket.


No smoke or coolant in the oil.


Did you replace the radiator cap? I'm running out of idea's.


I had a simular issue that drove me nuts for some time and costs nothing to check out. Back behind the housing where the water pump bolts on there is a 2" piece of heater hose that could be dry rotted. You wouldn't see a leak until the coolant was hot and streaming. Take a look and if nothing else, cross it off the list.

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