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Over heating hard to steer and keeps running after ignition off

Had new cv joints put in .the next day the car overheated. the steering was difficult and the car would keep running after turning off the ignition?any suggestions?

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Definitely have the shop that worked on it TOW it back and look it over. Or have someone else check it out and document what they find. Either way, DO NOT DRIVE it if you haven't wasted the engine yet you easily could if driven!!!

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