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What do i need to do after putting a new thermostate in the car to keep it from still running hot.

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Check for old, rotten, possibly collapsing hoses at the top and bottom of the radiator. if hoses are ok, see if waterpump has any lateral play at the shaft.....

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SOURCE: Changed the thermostate and drained the radiatior

Start cold again with cap off, and run vehicle with cap off and make sure your HEATER (not defrost) IS TURNED ON while running the engine. Allow it to get to running temperature and cooling fan kicks in 2 or 3 times, or at least watch for thermostat opening by increased flow through rad indicating thermostat has opened when at operating temperature. Heater has to be on, or you will get an airlock in the system, and coolant will by-pass the heater core.

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