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Car will not start

We had to change the cv joint - and the therm. stat gets stuck and car runs hot. now the car will not start - we chraged the battery and can drive a lil while but goes dead again and will not jump off - we changed the rotor and brake pads - have a noise in the dash now also

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First of all, put an alternator and battery in it. if you charge the battery and it dies while driving, that means the alternator is not recharging it. is it a 2.2l or a 3.0l this will make a difference corncerning the thermostat.

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