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How do I release the ait out of my 2001 vw beetle cooling system

Red temp light came on, pulled over immediately. changed thermostat. light still coming on. There apears to be alot of air in the resevore, how can I release this. Do you think that this will fix the problem?

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    is the fan that cools the radiator working ok? I just had the motor (that drives the fan) replaced for a lot of money and the overheat light is still coming on (thermostat is new), so my mechanic is going to check further as he thinks that there is a lot of air trapped in the cooling system



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Check your water pump !! you dont have to bleed the system just run it up till fans cut in

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