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My engine light came on and my car started to overheat. There is plenty of anti-freeze in the car but after about 15 minutes it begins to smoke on the right side where there is a connection from the radiator to the coolant hose. Can you tell me what the problem might be and how much would it be to fix?

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Every one thinks this not starting and overheating problem is due to a thermostat, waterpump, alternator or radiator but it's not I encountered the same proble went to many service station but no one could figure it out until on day I decided to change the Distrubitor for my self not the cap but the distrubtor. It's not cheap it will run u between 300 and 500 for the part but I'm 85 pct sure it will fix your problems.

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Sounds to me that your thermostat is sticking shut. When theengine warms up the anti-freeze isn't circulating, it's evaporating. Not sure on the cost, a new thermostat is around $25 and probably a couple of hours labor should be enough to get it done. It's just a matter of removing a radiator hose from the engine and a base for the hose. Pop out the old thermostat put in the new and replace the hose and base. They wi;ll probably have to move some stuff out of the way to get at it, but I'd want some detail if they quote more than a couple of hours. Hope this helps.

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