courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man
I own a '87 Plymouth Caravelle with a 2.2l turbo. I have reason to suspect that coolant is leaking from the coolant tube assembly. The leak itself occurs after the engine is turned off, and usually consists of a few drops. They fall underneath the portion of the engine where the turbocharger is located. Looking at the schematic drawing in my bible, it appears that this tube assembly is made of a flexible hose, and therefore can be removed. My question is whether this is a task that a Sunday mechanic can handle, or should I leave it to a professional mechanic?
Almost any repair can be done by a shadetree is you have the right time, the right tool, and the proper amount of patience. Fist look at the job to see if you can get to both ends of the hose (the 'bible' can be misleading sometimes). If both ends are accessible to you, then if you can get the correct part, I don't see why you shouldn't be able to change it yourself. I would suggest starting early on Saturday, but make sure that you already have the hose, the tools, and the clamps because your car will be incapacitated for a while. This way, if you run into troubles or need other parts, you will have some time and all of Sunday left to finish up. I would also suggest doing this in the shade. If you have a driveway but no garage, then maybe set up a sheet like a tent to shade you from the sun. The less bothered you are, the easier the job will be. If you have to work out in the street, then please be careful and watch out for oncoming traffic!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
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