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It is going to hot, I checked fluid and it's proper level. I put Prestone Cooling System Treatment in and it's still the same. I checked hoses and there apppears to be no blockage. Is there anything I can do before going for reparis, since money is tight.

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First of all, don't necessarily trust the gauge. Verify with a thermometer.

Second is that a loose belt, bad timing, fouled spark plug, bad wire, etc., will make an engine run hot.

Third is that thermostats don't last forever, but only cost a couple of bucks.

Does the electric fan work and go on is not moving?

You could also back flush the system with a garden hose, in order to get rid of some sediment.

But finally, borrow a cooling system pressure tester from a place like Autozone. See if the system holds pressure, there are no leaks, and when you start the engine, there are no compression pulse leaks into the cooling system.

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