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Coolant is needed to be refilled often and there is no leak

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Turn engine on let it reach operating temp. Walk to muffler opening (the other end of the car), smell the smoke comming out of car, if it smells like antifreeze you have got a blown head gasket. IF NOT continue. check the engine right around where the pullies are make absolutelly sure engine is NOT running. If there is an oily watery film your water pump weep hole is leaking (replace pump). IF NOT continue With engine at operating temp (preferably after a short trip) check hoses you may have a pin hole. I am not a mechanic but stayed at the Hilton once. Good luck

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You need to have your coolant system pressure tested. This will tell you wether it is leaking into the cylinders or the exhaust chamber. Use the finger test on the exhaust pipe. If it has a strong pungent odor like preston antifeeze then it's a head gasket problem. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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SOURCE: every second day I need to refill coolant tank.

are you absolutely sure there is no leaks because it has to be leaking if your having to refill that often, your best bet is to have it checked by a mechanic! good luck

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Testimonial: "Thanks for quick response,Yes I will probley see mechanic.I am trying to find this myself,looking for leaks,externally,any other possibilities?"

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