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My car has been running hot for the past few days, and my heat completely stopped working yesterday, i checked the antifreeze and it was bone dry, there is a huge puddle in my driveway. Where could it be leaking from?

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Check the following while running the engine, with coolant topped up:
The plastic reservoir bottle could be cracked check for leaks.
One or more of the hose-clamps aren't sealing well enough.Re-tighten or replace.
The radiator cap seal is torn or broken this would be obvious by steam and/or sputtering water at cap level.Replace cap.
The radiator might have sprung a leak or rusted through.Repair or replace radiator.
The cooling hoses may have perished.Replace.
Check around the water pump as one of it's seals or bearings me be worn out.Repair or replace.
Hope that helps! Good luck!

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