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I smell coolant

1998 Buick Real GS .3.8 supercharge 60k miles I have been smelling antifreeze for a few days now. I checked my overflow tank and it was empty. added about 1/2 qt. could my water pump be leaking?

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  • carhob May 11, 2010

    yes it could;youll have toinspect to find leak,before assuming its pump

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If you can smell it it must be in the cab andf the only way the coolant can leak in there is throuhg the heater matrix which is located under the dashboard, a way to find out is to check the floor for any excess moisture. if this is the case then it will def be that.

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