[DML] Re: update on #2613
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[DML] Re: update on #2613

Something I learned with my second DeLorean is just because you have 
a newer water pump doesn't mean the hoses in the Valley O' Death are 
new! My water pump on VIN 5252 was about 4 years old when it went. 
My car's previous owner told me that he installed the pump without 
taking the intake manifold off. Sure enough when Jeff Friday and I 
tore the car down to the Valley, the original, hugely swollen, and 
rotten coolant hose on the back of the pump was still original. My 
valley was flooded with coolant... so my car was not only loosing 
coolant through the weephole because the bearings in the pump were 
shot, but it was also losing water where the hose on the back was 
rotting, ill fitted, and the coolant y-pipe was corroded. 
Interestingly enough, everyone was saying that the reason my pump 
went bad so fast is the fact the car had the stainless heat shield 
on the muffler vs the stock asbestos one. Everyone seemed to think 
those actually RADIATED heat vs deflecting it. 

I suggest you get into the Valley of your car and take a look at 
what all is going on Farrar. I guarantee you that's where your 
coolant leak is coming from. You can also properly connect your 
spark plug wires while you're in there :-). Plus we already know 
your car needs the vacuum components replaced in the valley because 
of it's idle problem. When we tore VIN 5252 down to the valley we 
replaced everything possible... spark plugs, spark plug wires, o-
rings, paper gaskets, water pump, all vacuum components, vacuum 
lines, cap and rotor, coolant y-pipe, coolant hoses, etc. It's 
better to have the car torn down totally one time versus tinkering 
with it repeatedly :-).

Louie Golden
Charlotte, NC
Past owner of VINS 10115 and 5252

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Farrar Hudkins" <fhudkins@...> 

> When we were under the car (looking for the washer we dropped while
> replacing the ignition coil), I noticed bright green fluid dripping
> from the transmission case. The car was on an incline so I parked 
> on a level surface last night when I got the car home and we'll see
> where the drip is coming from at the end of today.
> My water pump and all the hoses are less than three years old so
> finding this leak should be fun!
> Farrar Hudkins
> #2613 (auto)


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