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Engine running hot

There is a light on the dash but I can't find out what it is in the owner's manual. Looks like an engine with steam. The engine gets hot fast .. moves to about mid point ... but see no leaks nor do I hear any strange sounds. Oil is fine .. had all fluid levels checked about 2 mos ago ... what else can it be or what do I look for ?

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If you've had your fluids changed they probably did your anti freeze, What happens is that since it's winter you have just started using your heat which is now pulling coolant inside the car to give you heat. The thermostat is now opening since it's calling for fluid into the heater coil (inside your car) Not to worry, the mechanic shop probably didn't put enough coolant in the car after the change. You can run the car and open the radiator (ONLY OPEN THE RADIATOR WHEN THE CAR IS RUNNING, IF YOU SHUT THE CAR OFF THEN OPEN IT COULD EXPLODE DUE TO HIGH PRESSURE) You can then just add antifreeze to the system and it should do the trick.
Another possibilty is that your thermostat could be going, it may be staying closed not allowing cooler fluid into the engine. You may need to have the thermostat changed if it's not a lack of fluid.

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