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My 2003 V6 Passat is loosing coolant. I add coolant about every 5-7 days and am watching closer now. I find clear fluid from under the car which was the water from the AC. But it had an oily feel to it. I add G12 coolant 60/40 with distilled water. After letting the engine come to operating temp smoke appears from the right side of the engine(looking at it with the hood open-not a lot but steady). I don't notice the water then. It's after it's been driven with the Ac running and it's parked. With all the plastic protection under the thing, it's hard to tell where it's coming from. Any answers?

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I am sorry to say,but it sounds like the coolant is being burned,and you are seeing the smoke from it,

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