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Leaking on passenger side..think it might be waterpump?

I have recently replaced the radiator (brand new) New hoses.and a New waterpump Last year. Now when I am stopped at a red light, it starts smoking from under the hood. The temp light comes on..does not stay on long..then goes off and does not go on again. Please help getting extremly fustrated..but Love my car.

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It can be a real leaking or just a problem with indicator light (touch pro) i suggest u to take the car for a short auto-electrician checking.

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