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My car was running great. i ran over something off road that made the exaust leak near the motor. i continued to drive it . then it began to run low in water and if i didnt keep a close eye on it, it would over heat .then the water pump went bad i replaced it. now it runs real slugish when i first start it and it uses about a liter of water in 100 miles. any sugjestions ? please help thanks

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Exhaust and coolant problems are two separate things. It's possible the donut that connects your exhaust manifold to the pipe came loose or the exhaust manifold or pipe has a hole from rust. You obviously still have a coolant leak somewhere. Start the engine and look under the car to see if you can see coolant dripping. It's either coming from one of your hoses, thermostat, water pump or coolant lines that run from your radiator to your transmission (if you have an automatic). There's a good chances are if it's still leaking the new water pump may not have been installed correctly. Also check your oil to make sure it's not milky white. That means your oil is mixing with the coolant from a blown head gasket. That can happen if the engine overheats severely. Head gasket repair is very expensive.

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