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Squeaking coming from under the hood. over flow tank is steaming and overflowing. car is running hot.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    You have damaged the engine, see a shop for further diagnosis

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Your car is air locked, the two most likely causes are that the thermostat is worn and that you need a coolant change/ topup

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