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My 2002 cougar gets heat when it is not at idle but no heat at idle. it does not overheat at all. i have plenty of antifreeze. what causes this? water pump?

When I open my fill tank the antifreeze does not look like it is circulating.

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Is the engine temperature getting warm, maybe you need a thermostat? If you are looking in the overflow tank you will not see circulation. Maybe your heater core is becoming plugged. When you run down the road is it hot or just sort of warm?

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