Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Water leak from engine block

asked by on

Water is pouring out of the passenger's side of the engine block. I cannot see exactly where the leak is coming from.

A: This might be from a freeze plug. Freeze pl...

This might be from a freeze plug. Freeze plugs are metal plugs installed on the engine. These plugs are designed to come out if coolant starts to freeze in the engine block to avoid cracking the block. Over time, water eats away at the metal and the plugs leak. A mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, can perform a pressure test of the cooling system and determine where the leak is exactly. I advise you to not drive the vehicle in its current condition to avoid overheating the engine. Overheating can have secondary damages that can be costly to repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How long do I keep repairing a nineteen year old car?

This is the most common question a mechanic will get. At 19 years and 175,000 miles, there is really no way to predict what may go wrong next. Burning one quart of oil every 500 miles is not uncommon for...

Q: Passenger floor flooded with water from leak

There are a few different probable reasons why your Oldsmobile has a puddle of water on the passenger-side floor. Unless your cooling system is filled with only water, it is unlikely the heater core is the problem as there is...

Q: Vibration - 2001 Ford F-150

Check the universal joints, their u-bolts, and the nuts holding the driveshaft flange on the differential. Engine torque while accelerating or maintaining speed can keep them in a "balanced" position that changes when the torque is removed. Loose joints or...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...