Please help me identify this problem. None of the exposed freeze
plugs are ruptured. No external leak. Had heater control valve
rupture open two weeks ago. Car ran very hot. May have added water
too soon and cracked head. Today, smelled hot engine, again. No
water. Temp gauge did not get too hot, I think because water drained
out before steam could affect sensor. Let cool, added water. Pours
out of joint between engine and transmission bell-housing. Favor
bell-housing side of separator plate. If pressurized, also drips
from around starter mounting bolt holes leading into bell-housing.
Engine remains dry. Both exposed rear freeze plugs are clean and
intact. Is there another on the engine yet in the bell-housing
compartment? Is any of the head gasket exposed to that space?
Can anything rationally worth fixing be in that area? Can it be
anything other than a cracked block?
I am watching this often for a reply. I got a ride to work Monday.
On Tuesday do I nurse this thing to a mechanic to drop the
transmission to fix a freeze plug, or do I need to find another used
car? Money is a very real issue.