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I just had a radiator replaced on a 2002 Kia Sedona...it was almost 400 dollars total, I just got it done today. I drove it back home and the temperature gauge is still going up like it's gooing to overheat. The mechanic said he checked the thermostat and said it did not have to be replaced. There is coolant in the car and I can see that it is full. What else could it be? Also when I drive, it sounds like there is a fan that is constantly on underneath the hood.

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Turn on the heater and see if heat comes through nice and hot. If not the heater core is plugged up causing the car to over heat

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  • Robert Garcia Jul 08, 2010

    Hot air does not come out, but the air conditioner doesn't blow out cold air either...My question is, should my thermostat have been replaced automatically or is it possible that it could still be good? When I dropped my car off to the mechanic, who I have been going to for the last ten years and never had a problem with, my car was smoking. He then said that it was only a cracked radiator and that the engine had an air pocket that he tried to push out (Blow out). He said that the air pocket causes the coolant levels to drop and to add more coolant in the next couple of days if this happens. I think he would have definitely told me if it was a blown head gasket though or something serious like that. A mechanic for over thirty years, do you think he missed something like this or is this really obvious to a mechanic when a head gasket is blown?

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