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Coolant leaking into motor

There is white smoke coming from my muffler. My coolant level is also getting low with no apparent leak. So there is coolant leaking into the motor somehow. Which seals do I need to replace to fix this problem? Do I need to replace all the seals on the head, including the head gasket?

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