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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Question: Anti-freeze loss



, V8, Lee Center, NY, April 02, 2009, 16:47

Anti-freeze is going some place - it is not leaking out nor going into my oil.It does smoke abit when It is idling at a cold start but quits when driving and/or warms up. Can anyone help me with this

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    April 03, 2009, 12:33

    You could either have a very slow leak where the coolant is evaporating before it can leak onto the ground or there is a leak into the cylinders. Look very carefully around all of the hose connections, the water pump area, and the radiator for coolant residue. The residue will be a white or redish powdery substance. The residue could indicate a very slow coolant leak. Also, pressurizing the cooling system may help you find your leak.

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    louis1953 from AGCO Automotive Corporation, November 07, 2010, 07:42

    Many of these engines had cylinder heads made by a company called castek. They are known for cracking around the head bolts and coolant slowly seeps into the engine oil and is absorbed and boiled away by engine heat. Here's more information:

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