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I've been having overheating issues with my 95 f150 132k miles 5.0 automatic 4x4.I started replacing the coolant system components (burping until no bubbles for every part)with no improvement every time,Started with the Radiator,Thermastat,heater core,water pump,lower main hose on radiator and coolant temp sensor (because gauge wasn't working)than had a local reputable shop do coolant test and they said everything was fine with the head gasket and have good circulation.What was happening is after running for 20-30 min the upper main radiator hose would get very hot and look to be very expanded than the rad cap would burst out coolant or lower hose would blow off losing most of the coolant,the engine also got very sluggish every time the engine would get to operating temp.I have replaced the rad cap twice.also note the coolant temp gauge still don't work.Ive done a tune up with wires,cap/rotor,plugs and air filter.Truck runs like a top until it warms up than all hell breaks loose.Not exactly sure if it really is overheating because of the temp gauge not working but sure seems like it is or could be not circulating properly....Please help!! Need this 4x4 for the winter,thanks.

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Remove the thermostat temporarily just for a diagnostic strategy. Put the thermostat housing back on with a new gasket and then drive it for a time to confirm that it is no longer doing that same thing. You will be running too cool to leave the thermostat out and you will have little or no heat. I just want to know if removing the stat helps before I continue. let me know.

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