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Losing coolant can be attributed to a few things. Can be a leaking water pump. Does the area below the water pump look damp? May be a seal failure. Could be a leaking hose. Do you have any wet spots under the car after you are parked? May be a leaking heater core. In the passanger side footwell carpet damp? Do you smell a sweet odor? Or could be a head or manifold gasket. Check your oil. Is it cloudy or do you see water drops on the dipstick? Is the engine running rough? Do you have an excess amount of "steam" coming from your tail pipe? Those are the first areas to look. Let me know and we can continue to diagnose from there.

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