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Over heating my ford escort is overheating when driving long distances and is bubbling up in the expansion bottle. could this be an air lock?

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Could be a number of things ,blocked radiator,faulty thermostat,blown headgasket,Have a look at your spark plugs and see if they have any evidence of water.Affected plug/s will be a different color. Is the water pump drive belt tight

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