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Losing water from radiator but no traces found

Losing water such that you add 2litres daily

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If you say no traces that tells me that you have most likely checked out your radiator well for no leaks. 2) You can loose water via the water pump.You can move or turn the pump by hand and if it gives or fills loose in anyway then the bearings are bad in the pump.3) Check your thermostat.The number one reason for a problem such as yours. If it sticks your motor will turn water into steam and you loose it that way. These are the only ways one can loose that much water on a daily basis.
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