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Leaking radiator but when filled up with water 6mths ago was ok, now leaking again

Radiator started smoking, so checked, seen it had run down so topped it up with water, that was 2 days ago. Today after driving for 10 nibs same thing happened again, radiator was totally empty. This happened about 6mths ago but after filling it up it was ok. Do you think I have a leak? There is no water on the road from it?

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  • cacki69 Apr 21, 2009

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Sometimes a very small leak will not show up on the ground 'till it gets larger. I'd have the system pressure tested, and if necessary dye tested, before the leak has an opportunity to do any damage.There are numerous places where a leak can go undetetected and other tests that can be done aside from the ones I've mentioned. a good shop will do these if normal procedures reveal nothing. .At this point, without testing everything is "suspect" 'till you find it.
good luck

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