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Coolant leaks I have a 98 dodge 1500 ext/cad/2wd.My coolant leaks out at the bottom by the battery.I checked my radiator it was fine,not hot or steaming.Now my coolant jug was empty so I filled it.Then took it for run,got back turn it off.It strated to leak again,now when I put that coolant in, my gage whent back to normal.It also stays like that when I'm driving normal.But soon as the coolant run out it gets hot.What is it the coolant line or thermostat?

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That's probably coming out of your coolant return bottle. With rad cap off & engine cool, look at your level in the rad, if necessary top it up to an inch or so from top. Start engine, turn heater(not defrost) on and let it run until up to normal operating temperature. Keep an eye on temperature gauge & rad level. When it's at normal, watch for good flow going through rad when thermostat opens. after flow slows down,(thermostat closes) top it up if needed. If you watch 2 or 3 times for flow, and gauge doesn't go over normal, then put cap back on, then fill bottle only to mark for warm or hot engine, with coolant. If gauge goes up over normal from there, replace thermostat, and I'd get a new rad cap too. If that has electric cooling fan, make sure it comes on shortly after you see thermostat open & coolant flowing through rad.

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