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Replaced wires & spark plugs and changed the antifreeze. now the heater stopped working. any ideas , no one seems to be able to figure it out. someone suggested that to much antifreeze was put in and the engeine is staying to cold because of it.

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Its probably just an air pocket in the cooling system,
recheck the coolant level in the radiator after the engine is cold,and also the overflow bottle,one good road test will bring it back around,

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