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I have a 1994 Saab 900SE. It is running hot but there is no leakage of fluids and the fan is working. Does the radiator needs flushing or do I need a new thermostat?

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Are you loosing coolant, if so you might just have a leaking heatercore. A weak headgasket will also make your saab run hot.

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The leak can be in form of steam /. mist from the freeze plugs on the engine block.

Coolant system should be flush every 2 years or 24,000 miles.

As a preventive measure,you should replace the $15 thermostat every 6 years and check the radiator/coolant cap condition.


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