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I drained the radiator to put in fresh water water came out black

The car is also leaking out water .The car doesnt leak water when running parked, but it heats up when I take it to work so I carry an extra gallon of water. I recently bought this car it was repo. I hope its not something to expensive to fix and is it fixable.

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You should be using Antifreeze in the coolant system cause it boils at a higher temperature and
will not evaporate.plus rest protection and lubrication for the water pump. Water will rust the water jackets inside the engine and ruin the cylinder head gaskets .I suspect the leak is either a simple fix like a hose or water pump seal a big fix like a cylinder head gasket. Water can cause all of these problems.

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