1994 Chevy Lumina Water Pouring Out

Tiny
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  • 1994 CHEVROLET LUMINA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 190,000 MILES
My sister has a 1994 Lumina with 190,000 miles on it. She noticed water pouring out from under the engine. Both my friend and I cannot figure out where it's coming from. It is on the back side of the engine, but the intake and head gaskets aren't leaking (or rather not wet). The only place you can see it coming out is between the starter and the block, somewhere above the starter, but we cannot see where it is coming from. We took the dust cover off the flywheel to get a bettre look, but still can't find it. Any suggestions on what it may be. It's her only transportation so I have to fix it.
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Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 AT 8:16 AM

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Tiny
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You're going to have to look a little closer to find the source. You may have to use a mirror to see it better. It could be a freeze plug behind the starter but it could also be something leaking on to the back of the motor and running down like the intake gasket or a heater hose. It could even be the heater core leaking from the AC drain in the firewall.
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Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 AT 8:54 AM
Tiny
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I took the starter off and all the dust covers and found that there is a stream of water about the size of a pencil head coming straight from the engine and hitting the flywheel then dripping down. Any chance there is a freeze plug where it's coming out or do I need to pull the engine to find out, which I really don't have the accomodations to do or money for a mechanic.
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Saturday, September 4th, 2010 AT 10:41 AM
Tiny
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There are freeze plugs in that area but you're first going to have to make absolutely sure that it's not originating above the bellhousing and running down the back side of the engine. Use a mirror if you have to and examine that area closely before removing the transmission. I've seen may a transmission removed for no reason because they never looked above it.
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Saturday, September 4th, 2010 AT 10:46 AM
Tiny
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Well it's not above the bell housing, and is definately coming out between block and flywheel. I'm sure it would be about a $500.00 job on a $200.00 car! Thank you for responding you have been more than helpful.
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Saturday, September 4th, 2010 AT 11:58 AM
Tiny
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Thank you

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