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My 2002 buick rendezvous is overheating. The water pump, thermostat, fan sensor and relay have been changed as well as the heater core. And the truck is still running hot. Could it be the radiator or have the head gaskets been blown.

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First check to make sure the cooling system is not air bound,takes a while to bleed off the air,try this and get back to me Thanks Ray

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Check the radiator cap first, pressure test the cooling system next,, see where the leak is if you have one,, check the electronic fan switch and relay,, ,,, after that it would be the thermostat, check to see if the upper radiator hose gets hot before it overheats,, if not the thermostat may be stuck shut,,, good luck, and of course be careful if a hose blows or cap is bad you can get scalded by the hot water ,, it can be over 220 * f

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