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My low coolant sign comes on from time to time and when I check the level it doesnt look low or sometimes just needs to be topped off a little. The car doesnt run hot, nor do i see any wet marks any where below or around the coolant tank, can you help?

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If you just put it in the over flow tank you might want to check in the radiator

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