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Whenever I am stationery the temperature quage rises to hot and the warning light comes on. After I stop the car the cooling fan runs for several mimutes. Heater does not blow hot air. I have checked the coolant level which is ok, but it does need to be topped up

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Top it up but also bleed the system. With the car running, open each bleed port you can find and let any air out. I know there is a port on the upper radiator hose, but don't remember if there are others. Is the cooling fan running while the car is idling, or only after you shut it off?

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