Coolant leak near thermostat housing?
Well, this started last week. I was driving over to a friend's house, which is about a 3 minute drive down the road. While on my way to his house, I noticed my engine started to sputter, as it would before you stall out. I was in 2nd doing 25, so there's no way I was stalling. Got to his house, left his house, as soon as I started driving back home, my CEL came on. Got home, popped the hood, and saw some smoke. Looked around a little, and heard a hissing noise coming from the area of the thermostat housing. Looked on top of the transmission, and saw coolant that was dripping down from that area.
So I checked my coolant, it was empty. I went ahead and flushed my coolant and re-filled. Took my wife to the hospital yesterday (about a half hour each way) and like 2 minutes before coming back home, my car started sputtering again. Got home, popped the hood, no smoke this time, but still heard the hissing noise coming from the thermostat housing area.
While driving, most the time my temp gauge was at a normal 50%. But I noticed as I was coming onto the base, it was a 75% for a little and dropped back down to 50%.
I know it's not the radiator hoses because it wasn't coming from the hoses, but before anyone suggests it, I thought I'd point out that I just replaced the radiator hoses about 2 hours again with new OBX hoses. Also, I tightened one of the bolt on the thermostat housing a little because it was very slightly loose. Can coolant leak from the actual thermostat housing?