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Radiator coolant in resevoir is like a paste.

I noticed the other day that the coolant in the reservoir on my truck was low. When i looked inside, the coolant appears to be chunked up like a paste. Ive never seen this happen on any of my other vehicles so I'm wondering if this is bad?

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Depending on the year and model, it could be somewhat normal. The newer style coolant will cause a crusty substance to form at the top of the radiator if the coolant is low.
You may want to have a mechanic take a look at it, and you may want to have it flushed and replaced with new coolant.
If it is really heavy it could block the passages in the radiator.

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