1999 Chevy Silverado Please help! I have to get some sense

Tiny
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  • 1999 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
So I get in my 1999 Z-71 & it says low coolant. So I get out and look on the pavement & there is liquid everywhere. SO I go to add more coolant and as soon as I poured it in it just came pouring right back out! My Hoses are fine, could someone please tell me what this could be so when I go to the garage I dont get ripped? My husband is in Iraq & I dont want to go to the garage & act like I have no clue & get ripped off. THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE!
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Saturday, November 7th, 2009 AT 3:19 PM

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Tiny
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First lets see where the leak is.I am assuming you are adding coolant directly to the radiator. Start by moving your truck away from the coolant already on the ground. It's ok to move it a few feet and then shut it off. Add some water -- not coolant -- because water is cheaper. Add it slowly and pin point where it is coming from. If it is too hard to see, observe where on the fresh ground is it dripping? EX. Right front - left front - front - back.
If you are adding coolant to the coolant reservoir, then add some water and look close for a crack in the reservoir tank. Let me know what you find.
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Saturday, November 7th, 2009 AT 8:36 PM
Tiny
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I added water & it is leaking behind my belt somewhere sort of on the driver side/middle. Its not leaking slow by NO means. Its is pouring right back out just as soon as I can add it! Bless you for helping me it really means alot! Please answer back when you get a chance, Thanks a million!
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Sunday, November 8th, 2009 AT 8:21 AM
Tiny
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I have already made a small donation, & I will be making another! Thanks
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Sunday, November 8th, 2009 AT 8:22 AM
Tiny
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That is where the weep hole for the water pump is located. You most likely need a new water pump. When the bearing inside of the water pump fails -(and they do around 150000 or so)- the weep hole will break open and water will spill out there. It is a good idea to change the upper, lower, and bypass radiator hoses along with the water pump. Also, changing the thermostat may be a good idea, because typically with a failed water pump there is bound to be some type of contamination in the coolant. This could cause the t-stat to stick or fail.
Thank you and bless you and your husband -- May he return soon.
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Sunday, November 8th, 2009 AT 10:26 AM

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