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Losing a gallon of antifreeze every 50 miles

I am having to add a gallon of antifreeze every 50 miles. I have no smoke, no puddles and no visible leaks. I have had it pressure checked. I was told the pressure is fine.

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Try some rad weld added to the resevior it will plug any small leaks that you wouldn't notice

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