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My car all of a sudden was hot after driving it back home from work. There is antifreeze all over the serpentine belt, under the battery and all over the engine. What could be the problem? There is still antifreeze in the reservoir.Can anyone give me any clues as to what is wrong?

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Sense you have antifreeze all over the belt and under the battery that sounds like the water pump has gone out on the car. I would have the water pump looked at or replaced. To check the water pump feel under it for drips of antifreeze.

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