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When the car is completely cool,check the electric fan(s) for smooth rotation.

Clean/check/change the thermo sensor,contact and wire.

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Excavate air pocket in coolant system / check for head gasket leak

This test will kill two birds with one stone.

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MAKE SURE THE COOLANT SYSTEM and ENGINE IS COLD!

RAN THIS TEST IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA ONLY!

You will spill some coolant during this air pocket purge test.......BE KIND TO THE ENVIRONMENT and ANIMAL please clean up after the test!

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Put the front end on a pair of ramp or park your car on a VERY STEEP HILL (radiator facing top of the hill) .

Top of the coolant reserve tank

Let it ran for 10-15 minutes.

Monitor for air pockets escaping from coolant reserve tank.

Small amount of bubbles is OK at 1-5 minute mark

After the thermostat open up (after 195 F warm up) at
5-12 minute mark or after high idle you should see less bubbles.

If you do not see any in rush of bubbles then your thermostat may be partially stuck or rusted badly inside the thermostat hosing.

Give the thermostat host few gentle taps.

If you see larger bubbles surfacing after 15 minutes then should do a hydrocarbon (HC) dye test to test for potential head gasket leak.

Let engine cold down and top off coolant reserve tank.

Start monitor for coolant lost

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A coolant flush is require every 2 years or 24,000 miles.

I recommend the thermostat that has a relief pop-let to reduce the change of burst radiator and coolant hoses.

Make sure you get a new thermostat gasket,black RTV and fresh coolant for the job.

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The first thing you should do is to check your coolant level. (Antifreeze) Thermostats very rarely stick in a closed position, although it can happen. (They usually stick open and cause the engine to not reach operating temperature.) If the coolant level is ok, I would check the operation of the cooling fans. They should both come on when the A/C is turned on MAX with the blower on HIGH. Then they should come on (With the A/C off) When the engine temperature gets to approximately 226 degrees fahrenheit.

If the coolant level is low and your car is equipped with a 3.4L engine, I would suspect a blown intake manifold gasket and/or cylider head gasket.(The 3.4L engines are notorious for this.)

If you have the 3.8L engine and the coolant level is low, I would check for leakage into the intake plenum due to the EGR tube melting the plastic plenum just behind the throttle body.

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Car overheating is a result of poor coolant circulating inside engine water jacket. First take off the thermostat and run without it for a few days to see the problem went way. If it is still existing then the is a blockage somewhere in the engine block jacket. If it is good then buy the new thermostat to put it back. Hope this can help.

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The radiator is block and dirty, you need to steam wash the radiator

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