94 Caravan antifreeze leak. . .ideas? estimate?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by about_that_time, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. I try to figure out how to repair this thing myself as much as I can,
    but this one is out of my league. I've had an antifreeze leak for a
    while (although the van has sat idle for the past year). It's coming
    from near the back of the engine, and not from any hoses that I can
    see. I got under it, and still don't see anything (although I'm not
    sure what I'm looking for). From reading around online I'm guessing
    maybe the head gaskets? Are there any other possibilities, and could
    anyone tell me roughly how much I could expect to pay for the repair? I
    need to figure out whether I pay to get it back in shape, or take it to
    the junkyard. It still runs very well, so I'm hoping it's not much.

    Any help is very much appreciated.
    about_that_time, Jul 13, 2005
  2. Good possibility. What engine is in your Caravan?
    Daniel J. Stern, Jul 13, 2005
  3. about_that_time

    PC Medic Guest

    Not sure which engine, but the 3.0 has a crossover tube that runs across the
    top of the engine. Mine had same symptoms as you indicate (though mine was
    also dripping on top of transmission housing). Turned out the O-ring between
    the two sections of cross-over tube was bad. Replaced it and leak no more.
    PC Medic, Jul 14, 2005
  4. about_that_time

    cloaked Guest

    I have a 94 GC with the 3.3 l engine (pretty much the same as the

    When I purchased the van, it had a small amount of coolant loss. I had
    it inspected before purchase and the verdict was that it was the head

    I managed to get a price reduction in the van and had the head gasket
    replaced. I thought this would be a good thing since I could then get
    an indication of the internal engine condition. Internally, my engine
    was in great shape, and the heads were near purfect (minimal planing
    to true).

    Ever since the head gasket was done, I have not lost so much as one
    drop of coolant.

    The leak in my engine was on the back of the engine, and near the
    corner of the back on the passengers side of the vehicle. And it
    pretty much had to be on a hoist to be seen - but the mechanic knew
    exactly what he was looking at.

    Use the genuine Chrysler head gasket as it is beter quality that
    after-market, and it is also WAY cheaper.

    Not sure how labour is where you are, but it cost me $1100 CDN$
    including all taxes, parts, and labour.

    cloaked, Jul 14, 2005
  5. If it's a 3.0 then you might take it to the junkyard, but a 3.3 or 3.8
    is worth repairing. However, seriously, don't take it to the junkyard,
    if you sell it as is you will get more for it than a junkyard will give
    you, and someone will certainly buy it, even with a leak.

    Ted Mittelstaedt, Jul 15, 2005
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