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I changed the lower raditor hose. Standard remove and replace. No problem. Replaced water and 1 gallon of anti-freeze. Let system warm up and turned on heater. No problems. Test drove and no leaks. Next morning I noticed a large amount of fluid under the jeep. Checked clamp on hose going into engine and found it was little loose. Since the clamp and hose had slip down I decided to pull the hose and make sure the clamp was ok. Here is the problem. The water and anti freeze has a funny smell. I drained the water and decided to replace the water and added another gallon of anti freeze. I replaced hose and clamp and used a shocked to tighten the clamp. No leaks. But I still have the funny smell. Any ideas. The fluid I drained the 2nd time had the smell. The fluid does have a white substance in it. No overheating problems or leaks. Nothing in the manual and could not find anything on line????

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The sweet sickly smell is normal for new anti freeze.once you have run the car for a couple of miles the smell will dissipate.the white foamlike stuff is chalk/lime in the water,harmless.

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