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MY 1997 OLDS KEEP LEAKING ANTIFREEZE AND IT NOT FROM THE RADIATOR. COULD IT BE THE FREEZE PLUG?

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Hi Jean
Yes it could be a freeze plug but also may be a gasket or hose that is leaking.
Get the car to a dry hard surface and let it run, then check to see if you can locate the leak...you may have to put it on jack stands to accomplish looking under the vehicle...just make sure it is not running at the time you go under the vehicle
Bud

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