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2003 saturn vue coolant issue

Had timing belt replaced and radiator flushed and filled. Since, have had to add 50/50 pre mixed coolant about one a week (maybe a 3/4 quart to fill line). No milky oil, not wet around heater vents. Suggestions or causes?

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I suspect either you have a coolant leak or the water pump is slowly dying. If you don't see any coolant leaking out, it's probably the water pump.

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