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Losing coolant with no visible leaking detected

Losing Dexcool coolant at a rate of a gallon a week 4.8 vortec

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Is their steam ir white smoke coming from the exhaust if so u possible have problem with a gasket leak can be head or intake either one will allow fluid into cylinders

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This Dodge is Screaming Help Me...

The water pump is equipped with a weep hole that allows seepage prior to bearing failure in the water pump.

You are Way past the warning signs, take today and have the water pump replaced.

This should also include belts and new thermostat.

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