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1998 Chevy Tahoe doesn't heat up except when engine is reved up over 2000 rpm. Took heater core out and flushed it, checked hoses don't know what else to check? Help

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Iv the engine is not getting up to operating temperature and it is full of coolant (50/50 mix of coolant and water) the thing to check would be the thermostat. Where the hose comes off the top of the radiator and goes into the engine block there will be a round top housing there very close that houses the thermostat. Take off the housing and remove the thermostat. Place the thermostat in a pan of water on the stove and heat the water. Watch the thermostat. If it does not open when the water gets hot it is defective.

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