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Coolant leak Low coolant level; small coolant puddle on garage floor

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Obisouvly a leak somewhere.Would start with upper and lower radiator hoses with vehicle running and at normal operating temp.This will allow the cooling system to build pressure,look for signs of wetness at hoses as well as heater core hoses from water pump to usually the firewall where they go into the passenger compartment to the heater core.

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