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Ares6292
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Feb 16, 2013, 9:39 PM

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Hello. I have a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8L with 140k. I was driving when I noticed when I had the heat all the way on and I tried passing a truck pulling sleds when I felt cold air start being pushed out and when I got home I noticed a small trail of antifreeze from my car, the ride home was 3 minutes or so. When I got home and lifted the car up I saw that the antifreeze was leaking from the antifreeze container next to the oil, and when I reached up there, the plug or sensor fell out. Would there be any significant damage to my engine? And how much would it cost to replace this? If it is indeed the problem. I am 16 so I might also need so help with my vocab. Was born around snowmobiles and not cars.
-Thanks


speed
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Feb 16, 2013, 9:43 PM

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Re: Antifreeze Problem Sign In

Your leaking antifreeze from the engine by the oil pan? Or is it from the overflow tank where you fill it up at?





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Hammer Time
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Feb 16, 2013, 10:00 PM

Post #3 of 13 (1375 views)
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You could have done some engine damage but you aren't going to know until you repair the leak and get it filled with coolant again.



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Ares6292
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Feb 16, 2013, 11:40 PM

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It is right next to the oil pan.


Ares6292
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Feb 16, 2013, 11:42 PM

Post #5 of 13 (1356 views)
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I have the plug out, which I believe to be the plug, and as I am looking at it, there is like a gold colored piece of medal next to a red hook, the gold piece of medal which should be holding the cap inside of it is broke. What is that piece called and how would you install it?


speed
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Feb 17, 2013, 6:17 AM

Post #6 of 13 (1346 views)
Re: Antifreeze Problem Sign In

Based on your description jt sounds like the coolant temp sensor. Does the piece you found look similar to this?
http://images.wrenchead.com/smartpages/partinfo_resize/DPH/TS10075a_Primary_Large_Image.jpg





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Hammer Time
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Feb 17, 2013, 8:35 AM

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Temp sensors don't leak coolant. They are solid metal.

Poster, you would need to post a picture for us to have any idea what you are talking about.



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speed
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Feb 17, 2013, 8:55 AM

Post #8 of 13 (1336 views)
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I know that but from what the poster is saying it sounds like for whatever reason the temp sensor busted off his engine





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Hammer Time
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Feb 17, 2013, 10:34 AM

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It's not possible Speed



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Ares6292
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Feb 17, 2013, 4:19 PM

Post #10 of 13 (1310 views)
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No, I found out though it was a frost plug.


Hammer Time
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Feb 17, 2013, 4:26 PM

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That is not a big deal if you have sufficient access to dig the old one out and tap a new one in straight. I would stay away from the rubber ones unless you absolutely have to. They are not very reliable.

Be warned that there are many of these plugs in the engine and when one rusts out, the others aren't far behind.



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nickwarner
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Feb 17, 2013, 8:56 PM

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What was the concentration of your antifreeze before this happened? If you've diluted it with water this summer you will have issues now. Temps in Duluth suck these days. Make sure you have a 50/50 mix of antifreeze when this goes back together.

I second what HT mentioned, the others are compromised and will likely go soon. But for one to just blow out, especially in subzero temps, usually indicates a diluted coolant mix. One job of the frost plug is to keep your block from splitting in two if you fill it with water.


Tom Greenleaf
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Feb 17, 2013, 9:57 PM

Post #13 of 13 (1282 views)
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I've seen some rust from the outside. Agree with both if inside not to use rubber and that if inside rust the rest are coming soon. Hard to find but they make a copper two piece replacement for ones that are in a tough spot and permanent. You tighten an acorn nut and the copper flexes out. No clue how easy those are to remove if it didn't work if used as loosening that nut doesn't undo the pressure. They look like this..........



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