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1997 Grand Cherokee Laredo, 4WD, 5.2 V8. My Jeep overheated today. When I went to open the hood I could feel steam. So I waited for it to cool before taking the radiator cap off and see no fluid in it. Also while it was cooling down the overflow bottle was boiling. Filled the radiator up with antifreeze and water and put on a new radiator cap since the one on there looked bad and I knew it was old. Then I drove back home approximately 10-15 miles and was watching the temp gauge in the dash. Noticed it was getting hotter then I normally see it at 210 degrees, but didn't red line this time just was hotter. At home I waited for it to cool down and took the radiator cap off and see no fluid in it again. I added a container of 50/50 antifreeze/water to it again and another contailer of water . Not sure if the thermostat is bad or not. See the temp getting up to 230 or so in the dash.. Also pinched the radiator hose leading to the thermostat while the temp was just below 210 degrees and didn't feel any fluid flowing into the thermostat. I also get the bad coolant sensor warning occasionally and was told it was the overflow bottle. Had already replaced the coolant sensor and it didn't stop the warning. This is first time it's overheated though. Was 105 degrees where I live today. But if thermostat is bad what explains why the radiator is empty?

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Have system pressure tested when cold and full to top. Pressure test will force coolant out and you will be able to trace the leaks location. Hopefully it's a small hose leak and not a major problem like a blown head gasket or cracked head.

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