1997 Chrysler Cirrus COOLANT LEAK

Tiny
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  • 1997 CHRYSLER CIRRUS
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 80,000 MILES
I have a leak of coolant I see it under the engine, on both sides of the oil pan dripping on the ground. My heater started pushing cold air even when the car is warmed up, about 3 days ago. The coolant is brownish in color. The engine runs fine. But with lack of coolant is overheating it. Do you think its my head gasket or water pump? How much for head gasket to fix or waterpump to fix?
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Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 AT 8:30 PM

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Tiny
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Your jumping the gun. You need to fill the system back up and use mirrors and good lighting to start to find the leak. IT may be as simple as a hose leaking.

If it leaks without running then keep adding until you find it. IF not start it up and start looking. Don't let it overheat!
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Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 AT 8:33 PM
Tiny
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I had the same problem with my 97 cirrus. It was the water pump back o ring so replaced water pump and the timing belt because you have to take it off to get to it. My water also turned brown. The manual said that happens when the water pump goes. To replace the water pump you have to remove the power steering pump bracket. You do not have to take it out just the bolts have to be removed. Then remove the timing covers two uppers and one lower. To remove the lower one you have to remove the crank pulley and both belts. Before removing your timing belt make sure engine timing marks are set to tdc. You will see marks on the crankshaft and engine block on the right side as you are facing the side of the engine. The top cam marks are on the valve covers and on the face of the cams (which are dots) unbolt the water pump and slide off pipe. Replace o ring and install new pump. It is important that when reinstalling timing belt you make sure all marks are lined up and when belt is on to rotate engine by hand several times to make sure timing does not jump if you do not do this check you will do severe damage to heads. To remove the timing belt tensioner piston remove the two bolts to reinstall you have to compress the piston with a large clamp or vise. Once compressed insert a small allen key into hole through piston. If you are doing this yourself get a haynes manual.
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Friday, August 1st, 2008 AT 6:08 PM

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