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My tracker runs hot then the water runs out the over flow hose why does it run hot in the first place it does it mostly when inm driving 65 mph and over ?

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Could one few different problems

1. bad thermostat

2. bad water pump

3. blown head gasket

4. clogged radiator

Posted on Nov 14, 2010


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