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I have a 1988 4 door Toyota Camry. It has the Toyota 2000 16 Valve Engine with E.F.I.. The problem Im having is that it keeps overheating into the red within 30 minutes of driving. If you put the heat on in the car it cools down a little but then right back up. The coolant in the radiator keeps over heating to a boil as well and you can hear it bubbling in the radiator. How do I determine if it is the waterpump or the thermostat. I dont know where to go from there. Im sure its one of the two things but again I dont know how to determine just which one it is.

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Hi NotoriousFre,

Check to make sure that the fan comes in at the required engine temp.... just under the half way mark on the guage.... If your loosing coolant through the expansion tank or the cap, replace the cap.... If you're having a problem with the pump, you'll be able to see the coolant leakage from the front of the engine.... Replace the thermostat only with genuine Toyota parts....same for the radiator cap..... too many bad pirates making parts these days.....

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Had a similar problem with my camry wagon, was going through thermostats every 6 months... dunno why. Best way to figure it out is just to buy a new thermostat and replace that first. It's really easy to do, and a new thermo will only run ya about 20 bucks.

best of luck.

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