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Q: Coolant Leak and Overheat on 2002 Saturn SL1

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I have been refilling my coolant about once a month for 6 months now. In the past two weeks I have had to fill it twice. In the past few days I noticed smoke coming from the hood and the coolant light was on. Temp was between hot and cold. Today the temp was all the way on hot but the car was not smoking too much. I pulled over, let the engine cool, then filled it with more coolant so I could make it to a mechanic. Also the temp outside was in the 60's and I was not running any a/c or heat. There was also coolant leaking from my car when I stopped today and when I put the new coolant in it was splattering all over under the hood. My question is what could this be? Also I took it to a new mechanic and I don't want to be over charged or scammed. What should I be asking when they call with the estimate? Approximately what are the prices of this fix? Thanks!
Chances are you are having a mild leak either at radiator or coolant resovoir tank..Check radiator coolant drain plug also and coolant pipes.
Soooo the mechanic said that there was a leak in the water pump and the radiator in which both need to be replaced. they are also replacing the thermostat with a total charge of 560
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