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I keep getting air in my coolant system causing it to overheat what causes this to happen?

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Hello, you probably have a blown head gasket. You can buy a tool with solution to check your cooling system for exhaust gases. Instructions come with it or a repair shop of your choice may do it for you. I don't know what they would charge.

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