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I have a 2002 1.4 vw polo overheating. The temp gauge just keeps going up. I have no hot air coming through the vents and the bottom radiator hose stays cold but all other hoses get hot. The car was fine up until this morning. Is this the thermostat stuck??

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It's not likely the thermostat as they tend to stay open when they go bad; but you have no circulation when the lower hose remains cool. Most likely it's too low on coolant for circulation or the water pump is failing.

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