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My car! my car's anti-freeze was spraying out under my car , can i put water in the radiator and drive it about 3 miles without causing any other problem?

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If the coolant is coming out as fast as you put it in you could overheat the engine doing permanant damage. If it only comes out under pressure and holds for the most part fill the radiator, tighten the radiator cap half way where it wont come off but will not allow pressure to build, carry extra water just in case and watch your temp gage. Stop if any noise or excessive smoke occurs. Good luck and be carefull.

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