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After driving my 2001 dodge stratus it draws coolant out of the reserve tank and I smell coolant. I have changed the thermostat and hoses so far. What is up?

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Do you see white smoke from the exhaust? If so you may have a blown head gasket especially if this engine has overheated. Check the oil level and if it is overfull and looks like a cup of coffee with creme in it, you have coolant in the oil. Remove the oil cap, and if you see a foamy broth under the cap that is another sign of an internal coolant leak. If you see none of this then you have a leak somewhere. Fill the reservoir and radiator with coolant. Park the car over a clean driveway. Start the engine and then let it sit and run until you see where the leak is coming from.

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Make sure you get a new thermostat gasket,black RTV and fresh coolant for the job.

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