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I changed the coolant and now it's running so hot that I can only go a few miles before I have to stop and let it cool off. It was OK before I changed the coolant. I used the proper orange type and I bled the air from the two bleed spots. If it's suddenly a bad thermostat, it looks as if it's going to be pretty difficult to replace. Thanks, Jerry

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You may have an air bubble in the engine block. sometimes this happens but ussually purges itself out and you may have to refill a bit of coolant. hope this helps.

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    Thank you for the reply. I've purged it several times. I got air the first time and nothing but coolant after that.

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What I would check before replacing the thermostat. Is to make sure that you got enough coolant in the engine. When you are refilling the coolant, the thermostat keeps you from getting any coolant in the engine. All you will fill is the radiator. The thermostat has to open to allow coolant in the engine block. So double check to see if you have enough coolant.

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This test will kill two birds with one stone.

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