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Am losing antifreeze faster than i can put it in, but not from rad, looks like bottom of engine somewhere, any suggestions on where

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The engine has freeze plugs in it. They are small metal plugs that will pop out when the water in the engine is frozen. These prevent the engine block from cracking when water freezes. I would look there.

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