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    Been going on for a few months already it started out after a heater hose blew. i noticed the car feeling funny i thought it was timing but then i noticed the radiator losing water. used to be id put a gallon every week or so now its like every days and i see no leaks the oil looks fine. my uncle thinks its the thermostat that needs to be changed. the temperature stays below half way all the time as long as i put water every day.
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    a gallon every week? gonna go with you have a very blown headgasket.
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    yeah if ur loosing water for no reason its prob headgasket gone between a waterway and a cylinder
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    how can i tell for sure that its the gasket? i checked the oil and it looked normal.but sometimes if i drive for over a half an hour and then i park it smells like burnt oil or some kind of fluid burnt. i checked all fluids they are all good.
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    If you're losing water, it's going SOMEWHERE; either onto the road or out the tailpipe. Changing the thermostat will not fix either of these problems.

    If you're losing a gallon/week due to an internal leak, it will be spewing big clouds of white smoke. Did you check for leaks with the vehicle running?


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    Up to a gallon a DAY and can't figure it out,sheesh.
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    its the whole add water to your gas for better mileage trick
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    The car actually runs fine i drove it yesterday for over an hour and it didnt over heat. it lost some water but not much and nothing is coming out of the exaust color wise. my friend called me today and said it might be the water pump and it might only leak when i drive? i dont know but im gonna have someone look at it today to try and find the real problem.
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    Did you figure it out? I had the same problem. Water was going out somewhere:

    not leaking
    not out the tailpipe...so where ??? ??? I figured it out!...and it's cheap!
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    OUT THE RADIATOR CAP! after a period of time they lose their ability to hold pressure. Water is going out as steam into the reservoir (which boils off the water in there). I bought a new radiator cap and wa la ! Water stays in the system now !
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