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Kia sportage 2000,180000 kms serviced regularly by mechanic, today noticed the radiator was filled with water not coolant and there was no water in the resevoir? Checked under radiator cap while engine was running for bubbles and there was none

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It is very important for these engines to have the right mixture of coolant and distilled water so you don't trigger a check engine light and also to condition the headgasket. Just because here are no bubbles seen, does not mean there is no issue. Refill the system properly and take for a test drive. Note the temperature guage and run the A/C (if equipped). It should run right around midway. Let me know if you need any other advice or instructions.

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