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So i hit a driveway on my 1993 prelude and i started to notice smoke under the hood It has been my 4th time hitting anything But now i have coolant leaking and i cannot locate it Any idea how this caused it to leak and how can i fix this ?

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Best way to check is to fill again it with water (not to waste coolant) and check where the water comes from, of course if its small leak it sometimes hard to see exactly where it comes from, but it could be a rad

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    David Gerzseny Apr 16, 2014

    Are you sure it is smoke and not steam? A water leak should not be that hard to find. It is either a hose , the radiator, or the water pump. You can check for a leak in the system with a pressure gauge that goes on the radiator instead of the cap. All you can do is trace all the water hoses, including the heater lines and check for leaks. Look at the water pump for a dripping. Check the thermostate on the engine and the gasket,, look on the bottom of the radiator for dripping ,,and in the worse scenario check the engine for a gsket leak. You have to let the vehicle run to heat up everything and pressurize the system to really get a visual of a leak with the engine running. ALWAYS be careful of moving belts and the fan. LOOK ONLY, do not reach near them. Note where the water is dripping onto the ground to get some idea of where the leak is coming from. Check the floor by the heater to see if the heater core is leaking ,, usually behind the glove box. A radiator gauge will show a slow drop in pressure usually from 16lbs down if there is a leak. Don't pump the gauge up over the limit of the cap on the radiator or you could cause a gasket leak.

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