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Getting to hot !

I have a 1990 Toyota Cressida that is geting to hot , I replaced the thermostat and the coolant is fine, and still having the same problem, I took it in and they said there is nothing wrong but the fan clutch needs replaced. so I did that and still gets to hot ! now I noticed that there are 2 more smaller fan that are mounted behind and in fron of the radiator, are those my secondary fans that are suppose to come on automatically when the car gets too hot ? cuase they are not or do they belong to my a/c it does not sound right to me Help !!!

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Replace the radiator, more than likely it is plugged

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OK TEST OR REPLACE THE RADIATOR CAP THA'S one of the most never check or replace items in the cooling system by mechanics also if this not take care of your problem i recomend you to take the radiator to a radiator chop to have it clean or replace it becasue all radiators looks clean but they acumulate all the garbache at the lower side becasue garbache acumulate there by grabity and this is hard to diagnose, after doing all this make sure to bleed any air from cooling system
but do not skeep any recomendation starting with the radiator cap.

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