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Need Themostat could not having any antifreeze in your car cause your car to stall out and lock up (brake & steering wheel) - I am aware that I need a themostat put in but in the meantime, I have been making sure I have a good amount of antifreeze in the system. Just recently, the needle has not been going past the halfway point (from cold to hot) so I have not been getting any indication that the car is close to overheating (like it has a few times in the past) - Today was the first day it finally stalled out a couple of times (and had a hard time starting back up) --- could this be because there is no antifreeze in the system? or something worse?

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    I just opened up my hood - the 'air cleaner' is obviously melted or burnt and the tube connecting it to the raidator has a hole in it :(

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It probably wasn't the thermostat in the first place. Sounds more like a head gasket. Check the oil to see if there is antifreeze in it (green color or sweet smell or high oil level) this could cause problems, but brakes locking up? That wouldn't be caused by antifreeze.

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With no antifreeze, the head can warp, the geadgaskets usually blow out instanlly, or the motor can seize up. Do you notice any antifreeze spraying from head gasket or leaking from water pump? If thermostat needle is not operating, the temp sensor will most likely need to be replaced. This sensor will also cause stalling and non start problems.

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