Water leak

Tiny
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Okay guys I made adonation and now I need your help! My 1999 dodge caravan with 130,000 plus miles has all of a sudden started leaking rusty hot water. I took it to my mechanic and he said he needs to drop the exhaust to figure out where it is coming from. I am not a lady who likes to go into repairs without havingan idea of what is going on. It seems to be coming from the lines running to the back of the van. What are those water lines? I have rear ac&heat. I am just wondering if it could be my heater core or what else it could be. Any info would be helpful to me!
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Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 AT 8:49 AM

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Tiny
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Hi!

Well, if your mechanic has to drop the exhaust to see where the leak is coming from, could be a blown or rust Water seal on the block. (Depends where the leak is)
Or like you said: Water lines to the Heater for the rear.

Where exactly its leaking from.
(in the middle of the tires, behind the tires line. In front? Passenger side. Driver s side?)

I ll wait for your answer.

By the way: Thanks !
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Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 AT 9:32 AM
Tiny
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It is leaking from the right side by the transmission if you are under the vehicle looking towards the front end. It appears that it is right about the tire area. Is there a reason the water is rusty? If it is a water seal on the block how hard is that to repair? I am wondering if it could be the heater core by chance? The water has a horrible smell to it that I am used to being associated with the heater core but I have none of the typical signs of that such as windshield fogging or the floorboard being wet. What are the water lines running to the rear for? Is that for the rear heater?Thanks soo much for your help!
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Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 AT 9:55 AM
Tiny
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If the Leaking its not right under the Engine the problem its not an engine seal.(The seals are located around the engine)

Now the other option its that a hose that supply the heater core (either one the one on the front or the one on the back)

I don t think that the problem its a heater core. Because they are "inside" the van.

Do you have antifreeze on the radiator?
Or just plain water?

The water without antifreeze over time appears to be brownish and "rusty"

Hopefully its just a blown hose.
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Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 AT 11:52 AM
Tiny
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Thank you for the help. My mechanic is used to me having an idea of what is wrong. Now I can make sure we go in the right direction and I don't wind up paying out money I can't afford to fix something that isn't broken! You guys were a great help! Thanks for everything!
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Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 AT 12:32 PM
Tiny
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We are glad to Help you.

Thanks a lot for your support!
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Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 AT 2:20 PM

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