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I have a leak my jug will not hold water or antifreeze i just had the radiator replaced is it my water pump

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NO SOUND LIKE COOLANT OVER FLOW JUG HAS A HOLE IN IT REPLACE IT SHOULD FIX THE PROBLEM.

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