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possible bad freeze plug?


Proven Member
Jan 12, 2009
Lees Summit, Missouri
is this what a leaking freeze plug looks like? i need to find my leak!!! help please.


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Proven Member
Apr 11, 2008
Old Bridge, New_Jersey
Does not appear to be coolant. Appears to be oil most likely from your valve cover gasket which is a common occurrence.


Proven Member
Sep 24, 2004
n/a, Alabama
Actually, the plug pictured is only in existance to seal off the holes left from the sand cores used to form the internal passages. They are called "expansion" plugs, "core" plugs, and some people call them "frost" plugs.. an actual Freeze plug is a special plug that you can put in blocks that are made to expand easier than a core plug to relieve pressure when the water freezes. They are usually something you have to put in yourself when you rebuild a motor.

Core plug - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

by the way, love the orange color combo on your 1g!


Proven Member
Jan 12, 2009
Lees Summit, Missouri
So not the plug ok. There appears to be some leakage behind one of the cam gears on the valvE cover gasket but I have all the timing shit off. What if that valve cover gasket isn't the the leak?


Proven Member
Aug 10, 2008
Sarver, Pennsylvania
Yeah pretty much those are your only options for oil leaking that high. While the timing belt is off change the cam seals, you'll have to replace the valvecover gasket once you take it off anyway so kill both jobs at the same time 45 minutes max even for the worst mechanic.


DSM Wiseman
Aug 16, 2004
Columbia, Missouri
No, it won't be that obvious, Being that the timing belt is in there moving, it will be grabbing the oil and flinging it everywhere. So it can be hard to pinpoint the exact leak. I'd definetly replace all the seals on the timing side and go from there. Clean everything up real well also.


Proven Member
Jan 12, 2009
Lees Summit, Missouri
The main seal and the oilpump seal are new. Bse kit new also. No leakage under main seal or oil pump seal... So cam seals and valve cover? I hope that will do it!!

Is there a galley plug that faces up on the oilpump housing? There is ALOT of oil concentrated on it. At least it looks like a galley plug... Is that an easy fix? Does it just unscrew? Thanks for all the tips guys.
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