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coolant dropped, no leak noticed, white exhaust

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I own a 1987 190E 2.6 merc.
Recently had a radiator leak and hoses were replaced.

My coolant light on the dash went on and on checking the
reservoir, the level was below the minimum. I have
since filled it to capacity.

Is there a chance that the coolant is leaking
into the engine?
If so, how do I check?
How is it repaired? Costs involved?
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2002 SLK 32 AMG, bone stock. 1987 190E 2.3-16 valve (destroyed). 2005 E320 new toy.
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White exhaust usually indicates a blown head gasket......

That is not a good thing.
Check your oil, see if it looks muddy and tan, as opposed to clear or dark brown. That would indicate water in your oil.
If the coolant was low long enough and the engine got hot, you may have warped the cylinder head.
In any event this is not a job for an amature. Take the car to a mechanic you can trust and let him take a look. That's the best idea I can offer you.

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check your oil...

How much coolant did you lose? Lots? Are you still losing lots? Does your oil look odd? check the dipstick and under the filler cap. IF there are bubbles of white milky crap, then you've almost definitely blown a head gasket. Also, if this is the case and there's lots of it, change the oil immediately (water is not a good lubricant).

Don't panic though, it may not neccesarily be the head gasket. It may have been that there was an air pocket after refilling when the hoses were replaced. White smoke could just be the fact that it is winter [;)]

If it is the head gasket, assume you will have to have the top end of the motor rebuilt as the head will be coming off. Expect a $1500-2000 bill.
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