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Overheating thought it was thermostat when the car overheat and stopped and didn't start again...mechanic changed thermostat after 1 day overheat again and didn't start..what could be wrong?

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It could be your Coolant Temperature Sending Unit, check it because I had that exact SAME problem almost. My car would "overheat" after just a short time of running and could not be restarted till it "cooled off" after about an hour or's only about $20 to get a new one and takes a few minutes to replace it. Also, if your check engine light is on, make sure you go to get that code read FOR FREE. Autozone/Advance Auto, ETC...some places will read it for free because they expect your business (where else can you really get auto parts?)...other places, especially dealerships, charge you because they might not get your business...a small fix.

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Has the cyclinder gasket head been checked for leeks from combustion chambers

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