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Q: Car steaming and leaking radiator fluid

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After a repair, my car started steaming under the hood and radiator fluid emptied out.

I’m not sure what repair was done, but it sounds like a coolant hose was left loose. Do not drive the car with a major coolant leak. It will overheat very quickly. If the shop is a reputable one, they should repair the problem for you at no charge. However, if you would like a second opinion, I would enlist a certified mechanic from YourMechanic to locate and repair your coolant leaks and make any other repairs necessary.

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