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Re: where oh where did the coolant go?
With a water laden exhaust it's probably alot harder to identify coolant being burned\consumed in the cylinders compared to a regular vehicle where you would see the white smoke and smell it burning.
Was it always hard to start? Hard start on a diesel could be a few things, including lost compression from a leak in the head gasket, which would also explain missing coolant. Not to say the sky is falling of course. See if you can sample some of the coolant inside the engine, see if it has any diesel mixed in with it which would also indicated a head gasket leak. It is possible for the leak to not drip when the engine is off, but once warmed up produce the leak. My blown head gasket on my Ram didn't leak a drop into the oil pan, but once the engine was started I could see the air bubbles pushing up into the radiator from the compression stroke, the intake stroke would suck a bit of coolant in and burn it then send it out the tailpipe. Coolant has to go somewhere in a closed system like this, and I do hope it's your HX in the end.
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