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My Honda Crv overheats after rummning 250km! The radiator is clean and not blocked, replaced the thermostat, and Radiator Cap. How does the three cam,crank and compressor belt affect the cooling system?

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Hello gzmpofu and thank you for asking your question, on Fixya.

Here is a simple process that will walk you through a few steps that will pinpoint the overheating problem on your 1998 Honda CRV, without even using any tools. It has helped millions of people, and I am certain that it will help you, because I wrote it for people in your exact situation.
How to diagnose your overheating 98 CRV
Pay close attention to the 'fans' part of the instructions.

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Thanks for the vote, and good luck!

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