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97 nissan pathfinder coolant leak from under the engine

I have a 1997 Nissan that is leaking coolant from UNDER the engine. I had it to a mechanic last night, he added coolant and told me to go home put cardboard under it to see if it was leaking. I did just that. It is leaking. I just took a flashlight out there and looked under the car, I can see the leak and it's under the engine on the bottom along a plate/metal area running horizontal. The mechanic is now out of town for 3 days. I have a baby that I take to chemotherapy treatment every 3 days over 50 miles away, added to that my hisband is stationed in Afghanistan and I can't reach him about this problem! I'm located in Seattle. Any suggestions? - Heather

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