Let me start by saying that I'm sure that I'm not calling things by their proper name. The manual I reviewed didn't seem to cover this and I've been unable to find an exploded diagram of the engine, so bear with me.
While investigating a leak on a friend's 1994 Town and Country 3.8 Liter V6 engine, I discovered that the fitting where the bypass hose connects to the water distribution bracket was completely snapped off. Thinking that it was the water pump, off I went to the parts store to buy a new one. The pump, however, had no hose fittings whatsoever. All of the fittings seem to be part of the same bracket where the water pump and a/c compressor mount. I'm guessing that the bracket serves the dual purpose of water router and mount to save space. I've attached two pics. One is from the underside of the car, showing where the radiator and another unidentified hose connects into the bracket. The other is the top view where there is supposed to be a fitting for the bypass hose (I can only guess that this is a heater bypass, the hose is approx 1" in diameter).
So, the question is, what can I do to fix it? Can you get a new fitting that inserts into that bracket, or is there no alternative but to replace the entire bracket, which is probably beyond my skill and tool level, and most likely not worth the cost to repair the car professionally.
have the same problem?
Monday, July 18th, 2011 AT 1:24 PM