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Engine temp rising.

I have toyota starlet GT turbo. I realised the other day that after about 20 mins of driving the temperature needle creeps up past half way then drops again then rises.

There is no leaks or loose hoses.

What do i do?

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Change the thermostat & it would be good to flush & fill the cooling system.

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