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Old 02-18-2018, 09:35 AM   #1
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V 10 loosing water

My 2001 Bounder w/ V 10 started missing and loosing water. No apparent leaks and it is not getting hot. 199,250 miles and no power loss, and no oil consumption. Also not throwing any codes. ???
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Old 02-18-2018, 09:56 AM   #2
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Water in the oil/oil in the water?

If it did not miss I would be looking at the water pump but since you say it is missing; Pull the plugs and inspect each one. My guess would be a blown head gasket or God forbid a cracked block.

If you can't visually see a problem with the plugs run a compression check.
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Check a/c drain for coolant, co
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I'd incline to agree with bdpreece. Head gasket.
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Had the same issue on my 2003 and found one of the original hose clamp broke and was causing a mist where you sometimes can smell it. I replace all the clamps. I never saw a drip with the leak.
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There was a TSB about broken hose clamps in November 2001. #15398. Google hasn't found a complete copy. All it did was replace the clamps on the lower hose. Might be worth a look.
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Water pump drip (or a hose leak., or thermostat housing leak, which is very close to a plug) when running can throw water w/ fan back onto plugs, into plug well causing water loss and water/ mineral deposits around plug, causing leak (see youtube video)
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Loosing water

Thanks, everyone. Iíll post results when I find the culprit.
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Thanks, everyone. Iíll post results when I find the culprit.
Well, after removing doghouse, and letting it run long enough to start loosing water again, I find a heater hose leaking enough where the water was evaporating before it could get to the ground. Also while it was running I could see a coil had worked loose and I replaced it with a new one and it stopped the missing. Yah, yah, yah. Thanks to you and your direction I figure I just saved anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000, worse case sceniero, and no shop time. Again thanks everyone.
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I pulled off my dog house about 6 months ago just to do some visual inspection, cleaning and just look to see if everything is all good. And low & behold I found a cooling hose that went around the corner of the firewall on the front passenger side and had creased and cut into the hose so bad, that I'm surprised it hadn't already blown. I replaced the hose, rerouted it some around that corner so it wouldn't rub, and put a piece of split loom around that hose to protect it.
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Great solution!. Here's another coolant leak story: Our Chev 454 V8 was mysteriously using water, and a friend suggested the intake manifold might be leaking. Repairing this was beyond my pay grade, so some $ to my favorite repair shop solved our problem.

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Well, after removing doghouse, and letting it run long enough to start loosing water again, I find a heater hose leaking enough where the water was evaporating before it could get to the ground. Also while it was running I could see a coil had worked loose and I replaced it with a new one and it stopped the missing. Yah, yah, yah. Thanks to you and your direction I figure I just saved anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000, worse case sceniero, and no shop time. Again thanks everyone.
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