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My car is overheating. I checked the thermostat, and it appears to be functioning properly. I checked the fan and it runs when the engine starts to heat up. Shortly after heating up I notice that the collant starts to overflow fromt he reservour. I assume the problem is the radiator but how hard is it to get that off of the car??

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