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1996 chevy cavalier 2.4 liter engine is overheating. Water pump should be new, thermostat definitely new. Yesterday it started overheating with the heater on so replaced thermostat and today tried driving again to go bak home (on a trip) and everytime we slow down it climbs up lie its gonna overheat. What to do?

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I am having the same problem. I have read that only a GM thermostat may work aftermarket thermostats dont work in some cases. If the top radiator hose is hot and the bottom is is dramatically cooler, then more than likely, the thermostate is not opening. The other part I dont know yet is how to purge the system of air. Trying to find that out now. Good luck.

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