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1998 dodge overheats periodically without regard to distance driven weather conditions, etc. Heats very rapidly, rarely loses water so that doesn't appear to be the problem. Any ideas?

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All about air fllow ...check all fans,check lower air dam which is critical for air to spoil to the radiator...lastly check for any foreign debris like paper or plastic covering the radiator.Those lower air dams will spoil air well,but **** up plastic bags just as easy.after I inspected these items I would begin to suspect a possible hanging thermostat as these can periodically hang open and cause rapid flow through radiator not giving the coolant a chance to exchange heat and flow staright back to the engine...good luck

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