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Overheating has been overheating the last few days. started with a small radiater leak, tried to fix it w/ stop leak -then all fluids drained out. car started overheating and smoking then sputtering. -think fluid is not recycling through radiater

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Hey there..my name is Keith...and these new cars from the 90's up..dont like Stop-Leak..and it stops them up and compounds the problem..they arent like the radiators of yesture-year..so i would replace the radiator..plus the 90's up models dont like to be over heated ..and it may have blew a head gasket..i know this isnt good news..but its sound..and if you have any other questions..please ask me

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The head gaskets are leaking, very common on this ,model.

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