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Radiator water loss

Am losing water from radiator, but have been unable to find out why

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Heat temperature evaporates water, therefore the water level will decrease on a more than daily basis as the vehicle is used. This is just one of the reasons for water loss (or usage). The radiotor drain plug migh be loose or worn. the plug is a white plastic like bolt on the base side of the radiator. Some hoses may be loose, worn or broken. the radiator itself may have a leak somewhere within the accordions. pour in some radiator stop leak.
also try coolant instead of water; coolant has a less evaporative density than water.

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When it is very humid outside and hot, if the a/c is on water will build behind the glove box and leak on the passenger side floor board.

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Check and see if the oil looks milky

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