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Radiator system is spraying steam out once it heats up I dont know anything about the coolant system and dont know if its the radiator or the hoses or if it could be anything else.

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Hi
Firstly check from where the steam is coming out from.
Is it from the top radiator cap???... then its loose just tighten it...
Is it from the hose.... lower hose or upper hose.... change it.
worst case if it is from the radiator itself.....
Whatever you do... please dont go for a long drive till this is fixed....
Till you get it fixed please top the radiator with clean water else the engine will cease...
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