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I just drove my car out of the repair shop with a new battery and now the automatic power windows do not go up automatically now. You have to hold the up/down button for the entire time. Also, all of my brake lights are out. I am taking it back in tomorrow as he thinks it is a switch problem. Also since I bought this in October of 2007, it has consistently leaked antifreeze. It will be about 6 months before the low radiator light will come on. I have replaced the radiator and the heater valve as they both broke last year and the beginning of this year. I have been told that all hoses and connections are in great shape. This is a 1997 Catera with only 66,000 original miles on it.

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These motors are known for having coolant issues. Generally if you cannot find a leak and you know all the parts are in good shape then the only place coolant can leak out is thru a head gasket. Some leaks are so small it takes months to leak down so the light will come on.

The only way to confirm is to remove the heads so they can be tested.
There may be hydrocarbons ( fuel) in the coolant if it was a head gasket issue but with such a small leak may not be measueable yet.

There are a couple non intrusive test that can be performed.
One is with a smog machine. The other is called a chemical block test.
Someone should perform these if not done yet.

As far as the other problems since its going back tomorrow its best to just let them fix it. They prabably hooked the battery up with the key on.

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