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Low coolant light is on, was told it was a head gasket, appears to be more of a coolant issue. Raidiator has more water than coolant was planning on spending the money to have it flushed. Water pump has been replace as well as the thermastat. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks

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Posted on May 25, 2011

  • Anonymous May 25, 2011

    Why would you pay to have your coolant
    Start doing that kind of job at home yourself,
    Change coolant every 3 years
    Bet you don't flush your brakes every 2 years
    or your trans 7 poer steering every 30,000
    miles. You will wish you did.



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