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Water drains from Starter motor while running


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New to Malibu, I just fixed the water bilge pump(thanks for the help getting to it) 

now when I run the engine while in the lake. Water is coming out of the starter, cool water doesn’t get hot lake temperature. Any ideas?

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Has to be running down the engine from somewhere.  I'd check for a leaky exhaust manifold or core(freeze) plug.

Worst case would be that it is a core plug in the bellhousing area of the block.

Guess worst case would actually be a crack in the block near the starter

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OP states that the water is cool/lake temp. Sounds like the leak must be on the intake side of the water pump / thermostat. Loose hose clamp? Pinhole leak in hose? 

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1 minute ago, John I. said:

OP states that the water is cool/lake temp. Sounds like the leak must be on the intake side of the water pump / thermostat. Loose hose clamp? Pinhole leak in hose? 

Would be odd that stuff from the front of the engine would be running off the starter, but who knows

 

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The knock sensor is just ahead of the starter.  Perhaps it got cross threaded and is spraying onto the starter.

At least with a direct drive you can remove the hood and get in there for a good look.

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