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Car is overheating and can't figure out why. tried checking the hose on the radiator and don't really know what the poundage should be for the radiator cap

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On a 15 year old vehicle you need to completely service the cooling system. Drain the coolant, throughly flush the system, replace the thermostat with a new one, replace the radiator cap, pour in a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water, and bleed all air from the system. Make sure the heater control is set to hot, and make sure to clean the front side of the radiator of any debris. Check all the hoses and replace them as needed. Now before you do all this make sure your water pump is functioning properly and you have no internal leak. If you are loosing coolant with no apparent leak then suspect a blown head gasket. If there is a leak at the water pump replace it.

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You may have a bad thermostat. a bad water pump, a clogged radiator or the worst case is a blown headgasket. If the car blows white smoke out especially on a cold start up then most likely a head issue but you should have a code stored fopr a misfire. If engines seems to run ok and no codes it may be one of the simpler fixes.

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If your engine is overheating, Try this procedure:

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  • The thermostat can be stuck close. If you feel the upper hose very hot and the lower hose cooler than normal, it may be a stuck thermostat.

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