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1994 Acura - had a new head gasket, thermostat, radiator cap fitted 6 months ago. It is using 1 to 2 litres of water every week but the oil is fine and there is no discolouration of the water. The runs great and there are no leaks that I have seen. Where is the water going?

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Why did you replace head gasket? did the car overheat due to bad gasket? and how hot did it get ? did you have the head checked for possible cracks? also check for hair leaks again on external components.

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