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03 beetle 2.0L.new waterpump and thermostat hardly any heat.return line going to bottle has no cooland comming out.the steel fiting on the side of the head seems blocked..is there a check valve in it

I immagine sothing in the hoses are plugged..not water pump and not thermostat...just a guess

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Turn on the heat in the car to full heat an full fan. Remove radiator cap start car and continue to fill overflow bottle/tank until heater starts to blow warm that's when the thermostat begins to open. Keep an eye on matter level -make sure it's full. Replace cap a wait 6/7minutes open cap slowly and with rag and gloves it will be hot. Slowly -continue to add more water. Until full. Replace cap. Shut off motor and wait until it cools about 45 minutes. Remove cap again and add water as needed. Then run
Motor making sure it is full. One more thing most important anytime filling radiator always turn heat on first. If not you will ruin your radiator as they don't swell open they swell closed as to not let water move thru it's internal passages.

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