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Over heating the anti freez is about the hot level in the tank

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  • tim mcgrath May 11, 2010

    possible bad thermostat and/or water pump, do you hear it boil after turn engine off, does coolant fans com on?



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Stuck thermostat, bad water pump, or clogged hose. From my exp. it is most likely the water pump, and it is very easy to replace.

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