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Coolant level is fine but after about 2 minutes of starting my car COOLANT keeps coming on the dash board console. What is the problem and how do i solve it? Thank you. Saturn Ion 1, 2.2L. 2004 Noshir

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Sounds like you have a leaking hose connection or a bad heater core. Take it to a shop which does air conditioning and radiator work and have them tell you exactly what is bad and give you a price. Even if you have an old Saturn dealer around now doing service work, stay away. Not an easy job to get at the core and replace it.

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