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If you can see and access the crack, a two-part epoxy or something like JB-Weld can be great for a temporary fix. This page shows the process on a metal radiator for a race car, but your fix would be similar. Clean the site of the repair, and rough up the surface with fine sand paper, especially if working on plastic. Mix the two-part epoxy and generously ...


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I think the overheating episode did a permanent damage to your car. A gasket could have cracked or the head could have warped or even cracked, thus allowing water into the engine itself. Too much heat in an engine can cause serious problems because heat causes metal to expand. The hotter the engine gets, the tighter clearances become until there are ...


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There are several places water can get into the cabin of a car, some of the more typical are: Through tired door and window seals. Through drain holes in the floor. Condensation from your breath and/or the air-conditioning system. brought in on your shoes, clothing etc. through rust holes, missing bungs, etc. Explicit leaks would result in more water ...


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You want to make sure you do not put tap water into the cooling system on your vehicle. The cooling system has a leak, which is why you need to refill it periodically. Look on the ground where you park and note any wet spots. Check all the hoses to and from your radiator for any signs of a leak such as wet fluid or runny looking patches of evaporated fluid ...


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Putty/epoxy works but here's a handy tip I picked up from my materials professor to ensure that the crack doesn't propagate: Drill small holes at the ends of the crack to arrest its growth before using metal putty/epoxy to seal the existing crack. My dad used to own a Maxima that developed a crack in the radiator's aluminum head. The mechanic he took ...


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Nick C pointed some good things to look but forgave one important thing in my opinion. First let me ask you a question : Do you have many trees near your house/where you park your car or near the parking at work? If so my bet would be clogged drain from the bottom of your windshield. In my short experience with car all the time a car was leaking inside this ...


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For the sake of having answers for questions, I agree with the comments, and believe this is just condensation coming from the air conditioner. You know how water collects on the outside of a cold glass when its warm outside? The same thing happens on the cold coil inside your AC system. Some cars just have a hole in the firewall that the water drains out ...


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Certainly sounds like the heater core is leaking coolant into the car's interior. Like Ducatikiller said it should smell a little bit sweet, but if you still can't tell stick your finger in the fluid and give it a rub-test. You will be able to tell water from engine coolant by how it feels. Also have a good look at the floorboards and the firewall in the ...


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Circling back to post the resolution. I was afraid that the block was cracked, but was hoping that it was the freeze plugs. A quick survey of mechanics that have worked on Nissans suggested there was about a 50/50 chance. Had to take it to 3 different shops, but finally got the tranny out and it was the freeze plugs after all. But once they fixed that and ...


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It's been a while since I've seen one of these engines. IIRC There's a water pipe that runs through the engine V and connects to the heater hose at the rear of the engine. One of these is true. The pipe is rotted The hose clamp failed The hose failed A freeze plug failed


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In most vehicles the seal on the water pump will fail when the bearings go bad, or something else bad happens to the pump. Water leaking from the pump is almost always an indication that the pump is shot and needs to be replaced. Of course, also check all your hoses for bursts or clamps that have come off. The water might look like its coming from the ...


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If it is one of the veins that is cracked, in an emergency it is sometimes possible to cut the vein and then fold both ends over a few times to seal them. A pair of long nose pliers is usually all you need to do this.


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Do you mean the rear windscreen or the side door window? If it is the windscreen, I believe they are bonded in and so will be very difficult to do anything with unless you have specialist equipment. If it is the door window, the seals on these usually clip to the door frame and so should be replaceable. You may find they you have to remove the window glass ...


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I went down the route of some all weather sealant in the end, covered the entire channel where the two panels meet, along with each mounting point for the roof rails. Before applying I removed any previous sealant and cleaned with degreaser, seems to have applied well, fingers crossed it keeps the water out when it next rains.


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The problem more than likely is the drain tube for the A/C unit is plugged. Where this drains from becomes filled up after a bit of use from the A/C and has no place to go, so drains into the passenger side of the cabin. To fix this, you need to find the drain tube. This is usually located on the passenger side of the vehicle by the firewall (usually ...


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There is no way to put sealant around the outside of the housing to get it to stop leaking. You could possibly put a sealant within the coolant system, such as Bar's Radiator Stop Leak, which may or may not solve your leak issue temporarily (may solve it permanently, but I never trust it). Your better bet is to just replace the gasket. This is a ...


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The best success I've had drying any carpet is with an upholstery attachment on a carpet cleaner or with a shop-vac. Since it smells damp maybe it would be a good time to use a carpet cleaner on the whole thing. If you don't have one of those they have vacuums at car washes that should work. Some Damp-Rid might help dry it out and help the smell after you ...


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This is a two part answer. The second is depending on whether there is an issue with the first part. First, it could be the drainage channels are blocked which should be toward the front of the vehicle. If you have an electric sunroof, you should be able to run it towards the rear the vehicle and see them in the front at the corners. If you poor some water ...


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After removing the seat and looking underneath the carpet, there was no evidence of leaking from the heater core. It was rain water, about three gallons of it. Where did this all come from? Nothing from the doors, windows, or underneath the frame of the car. All of this water came from two sheets of metal joining behind the back of passenger brake light. ...


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I would begin to look around your windshield molding, front and back. Ensure the rubber is not dry rotted. Dry rot can occur from many heat cycles (night/day) as well as ultra violet light exposure. The spotlight mount is also a good place to check to ensure the rubber mount is nicely sealed against the body of the car. If water can into the body, during ...


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Since that brake booster is very vital in the function of your brakes, I would HIGHLY suggest just replacing it; You could even get one from a junkyard depending on the year. Once you get water into the brake booster, depending on the quality and coatings of the metal used; You can possibly rot the diaphragm or rust out the inside. I just recently worked ...


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A large number of people recommend sodium silicate - sold as "liquid glass in the US I believe. This is also used as an egg preservative. An excellent user discussion of sodium silicate and other materials can be found here. I'm in New Zealand. Here we have a material named "Soldrit Super Soda" which has been on the market for 40+ years (ask me how I know :-...


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While it is not imperative that it is completely flush together, it will make a difference. You will have a leak possibility there. This is the reason you replaced the weather stripping in the first place. What you need to do is stretch the weather stripping down on both sides so it will come together in the middle. If you start at dead center on the top ...


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Another source of leakage that I eventually tracked down (myself, the garage couldn't find it) on a Corsa was the rubber gasket where the heating/aircon pipes come through the firewall. It no longer made a seal to the pipes. Eventually the solution was bathroom sealant (as a new gasket would be a major job given the aircon), but I improved matters ...


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You also need to check the coolant tank if it has one, it may have a leak or the connecting hose has a leak, and when the water in the radiator expands, it's lost to the leak.


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As a first step to helping you answer your question it will be helpful to familiarize yourself with the cooling system. I would recommend this video as a short introduction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J48JLu_L5cY There are several components that may fail in the cooling system. Here is a list of places where leaks can typically occur. A cracked ...


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If the exhaust does not smell sweet, you should be in good shape. With the misfire, you could have been dumping excess amounts of unburnt fuel, which could account for the water. If the engine is now running good and you don't continually see excessive amounts of water sloshing out, the is probably nothing to worry about. If you haven't done so already, run ...


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One other thing that may be the problem is that the water pump could have locked up. If the pump was running off of the timing belt/chain then it could have seized. This could have jammed the belt, and locked the engine. This could cause the valves to stop moving, while the pistons carry on. This causes the pistons to smash into the valves which could ...


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Get a friend to spray water on the windshield and surrounding areas while you are inside the car doors closed with a flashlight looking under the dash. Don't spray the water forcibly at the windshield try to make it like a rain shower. You can make a simple stand out of pump pipe holding a shower head to do the same thing if you don't have an assistant.


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I wish you luck. In my experience any car that's 10 years old or more is probably leaking somewhere, just most times people haven't noticed yet (although, they eventually notice when the floor rusts through and falls out). The causes of leaks are multitude. You just have to go around every spot where there's a break in the metal (antennas, windows, trim, ...



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