Date registered: Mar 2013
Vehicle: 1971 220D
Location: Fincastle, VA
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The leak -- ok, more of a gush -- is between the water pump housing and the engine block on the lower left side. There was a bolt there, so I removed it and found it to be severely stripped. Apparently this has been a problem in the past and someone tried to fix it by tightening the bolt beyond reason. I put a new water pump on it last week, and I bet that pounding on the old pump aggravated this problem. I just wish I'd known about it last week when I had it apart already...
The car used to have A/C, but the compressor's shot and the blower has literally disintegrated. I had to loosen the compressor bracket to get to the water pump, so I just took it off completely -- and I'm glad I did.
It also has a fairly new thermostat and the housing is in good shape.