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My car is leaking coolant and i cant tell from where. I tryied replaceing the cap and that didnt help

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The list is large of WHERE it could be, we could guess all day. Fill it with water and see if you can find out where. Heater hose? Radiator hose? radiator? water pump? freeze plug? Heater core?

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