Question about 1997 Chevrolet Lumina
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If your antifreeze is 50%-50%, it should't have frozen up. Can you get enough to check it with a hand-held meter?
First suspicion is the thermostat has stuck, hope it is not a head gasket.
After the engine is cooled to cold, take of the radiator cap and fill the radiator with water.
This is temporary because coolant is expensive.
Turn on the heater full blast and leave it on.
Start the engine, STAND BACK, and have a water hose or container so you can quickly fill the radiator if it goes down.
If the water blows up out of the radiator, you'll need to change the thermostat, it is stuck closed. (Cool engine first).
If radiator blows up after a new thermostat, next is a blown head gasket.
When car becomes happy, drain out enough water ( usually about 1 gallon) to add straight antifreeze, not 50/50 mix.
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