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My '94 Pontiac Grand Am is overheating. I gave it engine coolant, but the problems still persists. What is wrong with my car?

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Your likely looking at a thermostat problem (cheap to replace) or a electric cooling fan concern, I would replace the thermostat before any other repairs

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