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My 5 liter gets hot and when it does I loose power and the car shuts down. Ive changed the plugs,wires,cap and rotor. I have changed the radiator cause it had a leak and verified that I had flow and that the thermostat was working.

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Did you check the fan clutch? Also mine would over heat because i had the fan shroud of.

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