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OK it is more than the thermostat and/or radiator

I change the radiator and the thermostat. It is still getting to hot though, but when on a decline the temp will drop to normal range but as soon as level it goes back up. Is this the water pump or the head gasket, or something else

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  • justin barath May 11, 2010

    do you have heat if not could be a sign of poor circulation and a bad water pump

  • mike loshbough
    mike loshbough May 11, 2010

    DID YOU START CAR WITH CAP OFF COLD AND DID COOLANT COME BACK UP THROUGH THE CAP POSITION. IF SO A HEAD GASKET WOULD BE THE PROBLEM.TO MUCH PRESURE IN COOLANT SYSTEM

  • Raymond l Vincent Jr
    Raymond l Vincent Jr May 11, 2010

    hi the first thing is to check your water level.then let me know what you find.

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Ima go with the water pump buddy

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