1997 Ford F-150 leakage

Tiny
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  • 1997 FORD F-150
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 17,500 MILES
My truck started leaking the other night out of the blue. No signs of a problem until I got up the next morning and saw goldish yellow stain on the driveway indicating something had been leaking. I looked under and no drips -- drove the car about 4 miles and when I got to my location and parked, saw a small puddle of same fluid. I parked there all day and that night, drove back same way. About 1/4 mile from ending location, I noticed the coolant light go on inside. Then suddenly the temp guage started going up into red. Stopped and let engine cool off for an hour and add water to coolant resevoir -- its was empty. Towed it into auto shop because a mechanic friend thought it was hose, but could not locate leak. When you shake the truck back and forth (LOL!) This fluid poured out onto driveway. The mechanic has been on it for two hours and can not find problem. Is taking "everything" out tomorrow to get to some "pipe" behind the engine that pumps water into the engine. Can anyone shed any light on this? Obviously, I will have them flush the radiator, but what does it sound like Im dealing with here? Other than the above sequence of events, there have been no other problems or indications of such. Thanks for your help.
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Monday, August 10th, 2009 AT 7:09 PM

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Tiny
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Where exactly on the engine is it coming from? Back, front. Middle? Left? Right side?

Check freezeplugs if its a large quanity and hoses. Small puddle check the hoses and the water pump and other gaskets.
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 AT 9:43 AM
Tiny
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The leak is coming from the front, middle -- closer to passenger side. Water pump is fine. All hoses from radiator fine. Nothing loose and nothing rusted through at this time. I understand there is a metal piece behind the manifold that could be broken. Regardless, it sounds like a lot of labor to get to any point to locate this problem. I dont know, hence my post!

Wouldnt a mechanic be able to check the freeze plugs easily or does this also require a fair amount of labor to get to them? The cost of labor to get to the problem seems to be significant compared to what the actual problem will be -- jeez!

This truck never tows anything and gets driven once a day for about 5 miles -- in other words it isnt hauling anything or pulling trailers or being driven into the ground, so Im thinking it has to just be something that has worn out due to the age of the vehicle. But, Im just trying to use logic and maybe that doesnt apply to motor vehicles! LOL!

Thanks for any and all assistance!
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 AT 1:00 PM
Tiny
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Ther is freeze plugs in that area of the engine. Do you have a electric block heater? That is in that general direction of the engine. And they do break and start to leak after they degrade from age! No hoses in that area leaking?
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 AT 1:17 PM

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