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Reading multi mis fire at start up

Also was loosing coolant but wasnt leaking, this is either a leaking head gasket or a small crack in the block

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When an engine is loosing coolant but not leaking there is only 2 things that can be happening,It is either going out the exhaust pipe as steam or it is leaking out of the heater core which if that is the case your passenger floor should be wet up under the dash.Hope this helps

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Do a compression test.that will tell you.
someone should make cast iron heads again.

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