What has happened with the coolant system to cause the head gasket to leak coolant out of the side of the engine block when the car has not overheated and is it worth repairing myself?

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Antifreeze and Engine Coolant
Head Gaskets and Valve Covers

If it's out of a freeze plug you might want to take care of it yourself. Sometimes if you don't keep good antifreeze in an engine the freeze plug will rust through and start leaking. Sometimes they just start leaking anyway. If you can get the old freeze plug out and get the surfaces clean you might be able to put in one of the replacment type freeze plugs. That part isn't too hard, it just depends on where the freeze plug is.

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