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I have a 1995 Ford Taurus and my cooling system doesn't recirculate all of the coolant, forcing me to refill it every week. there are never any puddles of coolant below the car, and if it gets too low the engine overheats and shuts off. i am wondering where all the coolant is going and how can i fix this issue.

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Check for leaks in the engine compartment, especially around the water pump. It you don't see any coolant there, you may have a blown head gasket. Check the oil and if it has the appearance of chocolate milk or is frothy, these are symptoms of a blown head gasket. Another sign is white smoke from the exhaust. Hope this helps diagnose your problem. Best of luck.

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Usually you have the fill the system completely one time with car running. It is a good idea to burp the upper radiator hose to draw coolant in. After few minutes of car running, thermostat will open and drain all coolant from radiator to engine block. This is where you need to fill up the system again. Also check to see if you have a coolant pressure bleed valve. Some units do.
If you are not leaking anything, and have good compression in cylinders with no leaks, then you should be fine Coolant is just in engine block instead of radiator. Both units need to be filled.

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