Leaking coolant and overheating

Tiny
JR47
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  • 2006 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 3.5L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 192,368 MILES
The car is leaking coolant but I am not sure where from. I have not had time to really look at it. I did notice when the car is idling that coolant is being flung off the idler pulley I believe it is that sits above the water pump. If anyone has a belt diagram that would be useful.
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Thursday, May 17th, 2018 AT 6:14 PM

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Tiny
HEYMAN1104
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I am attaching the layout as provided to us by GM. Hope that helps. I will say, you probably are looking at a leaking water pump or water pump gasket. There is a test that anyone can do to find a cooling system leak. Here it is: https://www.2carpros.com/articles/radiator-pressure-test

You can borrow the pressure tester from your local AutoZone, Advance Auto, or O'Reilly Auto Parts. I think PepBoys also has a loan-a-tool program as well. So do that, and let us know what you find. We will go from there. Good luck.
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Thursday, May 17th, 2018 AT 7:38 PM
Tiny
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Well with the help of an inspection mirror I was able to find coolant dripping off the bottom of the water pump. I did not find any other leaks after cleaning the area and checking again.
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Friday, May 18th, 2018 AT 2:43 PM
Tiny
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A leak coming from the bottom of the pump is likely coming from a weep hole. That hole only leaks when the internal seal fails. You will need to replace both the pump and the gasket. I am attaching all of Prodemand's information regarding changing the pump. And here is a YouTube guide as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOsM9vMhxk8

The job looks fairly complex, but it is really not that bad. Let us know how it goes.
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Friday, May 18th, 2018 AT 7:28 PM

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