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    Default 2001 Dodge Ram 1500

    I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500, 5.2L V-8. A while back I noticed I was leaking coolant from underneath the engine. I changed the water pump, but still leaked. I've heard this could be a freeze plug, which can be rather expensive to repair, depending on location.

    Yesterday while changing the oil, I found out which one was bad. It's the one located directly behind the starter. My questions are this:

    1) How easy is it to repair, and

    2) What are the steps to replace it?

    thank you.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2007


    Hi usc99gamecock,

    Freeze plug replacement is shown in Chapter 2C, Section 15 in the manual for your truck (Haynes manual no. 30041). It's shown with the engine out of the vehicle, but the technique is the same. Depending on how accessible the plug is determines how easy or difficult the job is. Sometimes the new plug can be driven in with a hammer and socket, but if you're working in a limited space, you might need a special freeze plug driver. They're available at most auto parts stores and consist of a long rod with a selection of different-sized heads.

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