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1998 Mazda Protege LX Sedan 4 cyl. auto. coolant backing up to resevoir & running out. temp. guage does not go above center line exept once up a steep hill a few days ago, only 3/4 way, then back down. guage staying the same includes driving 15 mi. from town to home with some smaller hills. Seems to perform fine. I believe this may have been symptoming in the early spring when it was cooler, as fan would come on when it was colder out, yet antifreeze levels were not effected nor did they change. have replaced the thermostate, water pump, all seals are good, belts are good or new, oil changed regularly and has always been clear. Mechanic says no symptom of head gasket problems. it does demonstrat a lag when first started in the morning - idle drops drastically then picks up. otherwise no other apparent problems. Almost like a ground short ------but probably wrong as i don't really know.

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Try changing the water temp sensor... you'd be amazed how many problems that can lil thing can cause... should be behind your air hose.

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Flush ur radiator and then check for head gasket issue

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