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Engine Light came on and antifreeze overflow is gurgling and very hot to touchWe would like to know what the problem is and why the engine light is on

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  • Katrina Lavigne Oct 08, 2010

    What would cause the temperature to rise to the red line while driving ? After getting the car home the overflow was gurgling and very hot to touch. Would this be a thermostat problem or do you think it would be a Water Pump problem?



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You have an overheated engine, This is not a problem to ignore because you can do damage to your engine.

After cooling down check the level of the coolant in the radiator.If its low, top it off.
You will need to determone what caused the overheating problem.
Things to check
1-coolant level
2-fan operation
3-belt condition
4-water pump

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