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Losing water dont know if its water pump or freeze plug

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The best way to find out is to put water in it with food coloring in it so when you look from underneath, you wont come out with antifreeze all over you. It also depends on how often you have to add water, freeze plugs will pour water and water pumps "weap tears" and takes longer but either case you are risking head gasket damage because those vehicles have aluminum heads and it doesnt take much heat to warp a head/valve and/or blow head gasket.

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