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The truck is running hot but not always overheating and the a/c causes it to heat up faster. I just changed the thermostat. I would like to use the a/c. there is also no leaks.

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Fan clutch or catalytic converter plugging up or plugged up radiator inside or the outside cores usually between the a/c condenser and radiator maybe a bad temp sensor.

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When truck running hot, with AC off, try throwing the heater on high heat, high fan & see if gauge starts to go down at all. Ya it might get a little hot inside but good way to test if rad is problem or not. If temperature goes down noticeably, I'd be thinking about a new rad.

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