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C15 leaking antifreeze

I have a C15 engine that suddenly started leaking antifreeze from the vent tube under the bottom of the engine. Found out the air compressor was bad so I changed that. That solved the problem of water pouring but I still have a very small leak of antifreeze from the vent tube. There is no oil in water or water in the oil. The truck runs fine. I thought maybe a cracked liner, but wouldn't that cause water in oil or oil in the water? No white smoke from the exhausts either. So, what else could it be? Thanks
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Even when you change the oil, you still get a lot of water sitting in the cavities. The water is heavier than the oil so the coolant sits there until it gets hot then comes out the vent. It will take at least a week of work, to get it out.
If you think you have a coolant leak, Wash off the motor as clean as you can, get the back end of it, Test the Rad cap, then do a bottle test. Do the test on clean concrete, and let it cool in the same space. That way if there is any external leaks you should be able to see them. Just a thought!

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I changed the oil and there was no water in the oil.
Can you tell me how to do a bottle test? Thanks again.
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If you are getting steam and the vent is sweating there is coolant in the oil, if there is foam looking stuff on the oil filler cap, you have water in it.
If you search handy links it gives a full write up.

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If you are getting steam and the vent is sweating there is coolant in the oil, if there is foam looking stuff on the oil filler cap, you have water in it.
If you search handy links it gives a full write up.
Ok. Thanks.
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