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The coolant was low and after I filled it up it was

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The coolant was low...

The coolant was low and after I filled it up it was difficult to start and when I stopped it was smoking

Mechanic's Assistant: How many miles on the car? How has your mileage been lately?

164,000 fine

Mechanic's Assistant: What year is your 164?

2005

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your 164 yourself? What have you tried so far?

I added coolant and would like to know if I should add water to the radiator

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Lexus Mechanic: Eric, Automotive Repair Shop Manager replied 4 months ago
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HI,

Was is smoking from the tailpipe or the engine compartment?

Have you rechecked the coolant level to see if it is low again?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Engine compartment by the radistir
Lexus Mechanic: Eric, Automotive Repair Shop Manager replied 4 months ago

HI,

Ok, unless you spilled coolant when you added some, this means that there is a leak, either the radiator or a radiator hose.

Check the coolant and if low again, add a mix of coolant and water, crank engine and see if you can see where it is leaking at. If you cannot, it will need to be pressure tested to find the source of the leak.

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Lexus Mechanic: Eric, Automotive Repair Shop Manager replied 4 months ago

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