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Car runnin hot immoblizes wont until cool offs

I change idle control change thermostat change batttery change co2 took thermostat out ran pretty good but it still run hot for no reason

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  • chickenwangs Dec 12, 2008

    check water pump but what about coolant temp sensor

  • chickenwangs Dec 15, 2008

    it was the coolant temp sensor and i fix it.

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    Shaun Plencner May 11, 2010

    have u checked the water pump

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