I have a 1996 dodge ram 1500 5.2L 318 an the back of the motor is leaking i cant tell where but its driping onto my tranny ive been told that theres no freeze plug on the back that there only on the side well long story short i got stuck in sand an cracked the radiator an i fixed that with jb weld now i am running into the problem that the motor is leaking from the back an every few days i have to add coolant can anyone help me please befor i make a mistake paying for something not broken
back of my motor leaking on 1996 Dodge Ram 1500
by carcarter92 in Potwin, KS on February 17, 2013
ANSWER by pushrod on February 17, 2013
Use a mirror to see if the FREEZE PLUG(S) on the rear of the cylinder head(s) are leaking!! Common problem/older engines. Also you may want to replace that radiator before the JB starts leaking as it expands and contracts ever time the engines heats up and cools down. It will eventually leak! Post results as cyl. head ain't got to come off IF that freeze plug is the problem.
ANSWER by globalhelper on February 18, 2013
have shop pressure test cooling system to determne problem
ANSWER by 99ram1500 on February 25, 2013
My 1999 dodge ram 1500 with the 318 has the same exact problem I used the UV dye and found the the freeze plug below cylinder 8 is leaking at the bottom generally the way your vehicle sits determines which way it will leak my truck sits on a hill so out leaks of the front if my transmission. Best thing I can say is use the UV dye it is very easy to use and shows the path it takes until drop point
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