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Old 30 Nov 2008, 02:41 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I've had a coolant leak in my 95 camry 5s-fe engine ever since the
radiator failed, losing all coolant and getting so hot I had to take
the valve cover off and pry out the melted spark plug wires. I
recently changed the timing belt/water pump and noticed the leak, as a
small drip, coming from the bottom right rear of the engine near the
power steering pump. There were no leaks from my timing belt work.
The only words I can think of to describe the area is a 'plate' that
the double pulley for the power steering and alternator belts is in
front of. It looks like it has a gasket as well. I don't have any
books that identify this area. I'm trying to find out what it is and
whether as an amateur I can work on it. Thanks.
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Old 30 Nov 2008, 06:31 pm   #2 (permalink)
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This engine has a half dollar sized stiff O ring that fits in an O ring
groove on the interior side of the water pump. It is VERY easy to misalign
the gasket when you are trying to push the pump into position to fit the
pump mounting bolts. Some might use a very small amount of tack to hold the
gasket in place, but I like just smoothing a bit of lube on the side of the
O ring that mates the block so it will not stress out of position. This may
not be your problem, but it is a possible place to check after your other
easier possibilities have checked out. For example, look closely at the
thermostat housing to see if there are any leaks associated with its
connections. Good luck.

<sizmo13@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I've had a coolant leak in my 95 camry 5s-fe engine ever since the
> radiator failed, losing all coolant and getting so hot I had to take
> the valve cover off and pry out the melted spark plug wires. I
> recently changed the timing belt/water pump and noticed the leak, as a
> small drip, coming from the bottom right rear of the engine near the
> power steering pump. There were no leaks from my timing belt work.
> The only words I can think of to describe the area is a 'plate' that
> the double pulley for the power steering and alternator belts is in
> front of. It looks like it has a gasket as well. I don't have any
> books that identify this area. I'm trying to find out what it is and
> whether as an amateur I can work on it. Thanks.



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Old 02 Dec 2008, 06:58 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: coolant leak lower engine

Check Autozone's free repair guide. The water pump/housing is right
above the crank pulley. I suspect some gasket/o-ring is leaking
there.

On Nov 30, 12:41*pm, sizm...@yahoo.com wrote:
> I've had a coolant leak in my 95 camry 5s-fe engine ever since the
> radiator failed, losing all coolant and getting so hot I had to take
> the valve cover off and pry out the melted spark plug wires. *I
> recently changed the timing belt/water pump and noticed the leak, as a
> small drip, coming from the bottom right rear of the engine near the
> power steering pump. *There were no leaks from my timing belt work.
> The only words I can think of to describe the area is a 'plate' that
> the double pulley for the power steering and alternator belts is in
> front of. *It looks like it has a gasket as well. *I don't have any
> books that identify this area. *I'm trying to find out what it is and
> whether as an amateur I can work on it. *Thanks.


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Old 02 Dec 2008, 08:14 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Replaced the water pump on my 1990 Camry last week. Lesson learned: the pump
and the housing was supposed to be replaced together, at least on those
older camries.

Initially, I bought just the pump at Autozone. It includes all the gaskets
and o-rings, and it was cheap ($35). When I was replacing it, I broke the
housing. I couldn't find the housing anywhere except the dealer. I called
the dealer and they said they had it in stock for a $100. I had to bite the
bullet and went there to pick it up. When I was there, it turned out it
already had the pump as a single assembly, and they do not sell the housing
alone. I bought it and replaced both the pump and the housing. no leaking.

Now think about it, I would have had leak had I replaced the pump alone. The
reason is the original pump was somewhat "glued" to the housing, and the
entire assembly was "glued" to the engine block using some type of gasket
glue. There is no way you can clean the surface smooth enough to prevent
leak. I had to use power sander to clean the old gasket.

The new pump and housing are also glued together as an assembly.



<johngdole@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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Check Autozone's free repair guide. The water pump/housing is right
above the crank pulley. I suspect some gasket/o-ring is leaking
there.

On Nov 30, 12:41 pm, sizm...@yahoo.com wrote:
> I've had a coolant leak in my 95 camry 5s-fe engine ever since the
> radiator failed, losing all coolant and getting so hot I had to take
> the valve cover off and pry out the melted spark plug wires. I
> recently changed the timing belt/water pump and noticed the leak, as a
> small drip, coming from the bottom right rear of the engine near the
> power steering pump. There were no leaks from my timing belt work.
> The only words I can think of to describe the area is a 'plate' that
> the double pulley for the power steering and alternator belts is in
> front of. It looks like it has a gasket as well. I don't have any
> books that identify this area. I'm trying to find out what it is and
> whether as an amateur I can work on it. Thanks.


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Old 03 Dec 2008, 08:56 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Hmmm, the later ones don't need the water pump housing replaced. But
if necessary, www.rockauto.com has them on sale for $26.79 + shipping.
Try that route next time.



On Dec 2, 6:14*pm, "ZR" <X...@ABC.com> wrote:
> Replaced the water pump on my 1990 Camry last week. Lesson learned: the pump
> and the housing was supposed to be replaced together, at least on those
> older camries.
>
> Initially, I bought just the pump at Autozone. It includes all the gaskets
> and o-rings, and it was cheap ($35). When I was replacing it, I broke the
> housing. I couldn't find the housing anywhere except the dealer. I called
> the dealer and they said they had it in stock for a $100. I had to bite the
> bullet and went there to pick it up. When I was there, it turned out it
> already had the pump as a single assembly, and they do not sell the housing
> alone. I bought it and replaced both the pump and the housing. no leaking..
>
> Now think about it, I would have had leak had I replaced the pump alone. The
> reason is the original pump was somewhat "glued" to the housing, and the
> entire assembly was "glued" to the engine block using some type of gasket
> glue. There is no way you can clean the surface smooth enough to prevent
> leak. I had to use power sander to clean the old gasket.
>
> The new pump and housing are also glued together as an assembly.
>

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