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Over heating engen ovre heats withen 30 miles. has plenty of water. could it be the thermostat sticking?

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Could be. When car is warmed up you should feel heat on the big top coolant hose coming from the cap/thermostat location. If not hot then odds are thermostat is locked closed.

Park car aiming up slight incline and when cool take off the cap. If you don't see coolant up to the cap then you have air pockets and also a possible leak. Get a funnel that right into the radiator cap perfectly, same as for oil cap size, and with cap off and funnel in opening run the car for a few minutes and all of the air should be released. Make sure fluid is at cap level before doing this. Funnel hold coolant as it rises but this will get any air out.

Replacing thermostat is fairly easy and recommend replacing regardless if old.
 

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