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1998 Mazda 323 Protege - constantly overheating, even after fairly short runs (10 minutes). Coolant overflow bottle turns from green to dark grey each trip and almost "explodes".

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Possible cause ;
1. Water pump
2. Thermostat
3. Bad head gasket.
4. Low coolant level.
Try to replace thermostat first , this way you illuminate thermostat and coolant level , you'll have to ad coolant after replacement and purge system.

Posted on May 03, 2010

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You might need to have your catilatic converter changed it might be clogged.

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