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Replaced t-stat and water pump and sill no heat at idle ????

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Do you have heat while driving? If you do, it sounds like air is in the system. 1st check the coolant level to make sure it's correct, as low level will cause no heat at idle, and eventually no heat at all along w/ engine overheating.

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