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Cooling system bleeding

1999 grand am 3.4. have bled and bled and still have no heat at low rpm. Engine temp around 210 degrees. can intermittantly hear heater core gurgling.

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    2000 overheating 2000 chevy cavilier changed thermostat,electric fan working ,heat comming out of heater core ok radator seems cool but engine temp is about 200-210 degrees.head gaskek seems to be ok what is your suggeston.



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Faulty thermostat or water pump.

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