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Car overheating smell antifreeze outside the car

My car is overheating i can smell antifreeze outside the car not inside the car

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The lower end of the top coolant hose is connected to the water pump with a fitting that has an "O" ring . The fitting rusts away causing a leak. The fitting is secured to the engine block with two small bolts just past the end of hose. Remove the bolts and pull it out You will likely need to replace the fitting and "o" ring. Many head gaskets have been lost due to this. LOL

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