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I have resently changed my water pump, sensor, and upper rad hose..when idling my car will over heat to the point of my coolant boiling, also the car studders when the clutch is pushed in and in first gear only at slow speeds, any ideas?

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Electric fan or engine driven??never seen a saturn in my life thats why i ask,does fan run with A/C on ? clutch is another thing i can help with as all cars are manual in spain only old ladies from england have automatics.The main reason could be worn crankshaft thrust bearings or a cream crackered clutch (kanckered) where the diaphram spring is on the way out because the clutch disk is badly worn

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Try changing the thermostat

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