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Temp gauge was running at top end i changed

Temp gauge was running at top end i changed t-stat still the same ,then changed radiator its half way on gauge now on highway but city driving its 3/4 on gauge.

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Is your coolant actually boiling? Is so, you may need a new water pump.

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