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Temp stays in middle then raises to hot then levels to middle on its own

Runs hot then i let it cool, or it will drop down to middle of temp then raises back up

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  • kenethomp May 08, 2009

    thought so. thank you so when it over heats it releases some engine coolant

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Replace your thermostat it might solve the problem if not the radiator maybe blocked with rust.

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