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answercheck you oil filler cap to see if there is a milky residue on it. Also check to see if the radiator gets low over time but your vehicle doesn't leave coolant spots anywhere, if so the coolant is going into the oil pan through the head gasket.

Also check to see if the smoke that comes out of your exhaust is white in color. If it is that means that your engine is trying to burn the antifreeze.

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Sporadic temp guage and heater not working is one sign. This is also a sign of low fluid. Water blowing out of radiator cap is another sign. Especially if it is immediately after startup. A leakdown test is another metod that is best left to qualified technician. In this test they can determine if air is escaping out of cylinder and into radiator or is escaping from one cylinder to the adjacent cylinder.

If your oil level raises suddenly. If you loosen oil drain plug and antifreeze begins dripping instead of oil.

There are many many ways to find out. Some best left to the pros.

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