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The trucj was sitting outside (current temp 10°F...snowing). We started the truck, let it warm up, n drove for maybe 3 mi when the temp gauge switched all the way th hot and check gauge illuminated. No visible smoke from the hood and no smell of radiator fluid. Opened the hood once pulled over and opened the hood; there was smoke and slight smell of radiator fluid. We have not checked the fluid levels becauseit is still hot. I just recently had the coil replaced (cyl 3 was misfiring, check engine light was on, and code indicated coil needed replacement). New battery connectors were also installed due to corrosion build up on old ones. Two days ago the battery light illuminated and remained lit for about 10 min while driving before it shut off on its own. This has happened one other time upon start up. Since having connectors replaced, I have not had any issues with the vehicle starting properly. What do I need to do to safely get my truck home? How do I know if there is a loose house, thermostat is out, or if my engine is now damaged?

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Let the vehicle cool then drive it home, don't stop unless you have to and if you do for more than a minuet shut the engine off till you can move again. 3 miles in the snow should not hurt anything. when you get home let the vehicle cool for at least an hour before you touch the radiator cap. when cool take off the radiator cap and see if the radiator is full. if the radiator is full then the thermostat probably stuck shut, if the radiator is empty you probably blew a hose or the thermostat housing cracked along the seam where it's bonded together. i wouldn't drive far like this either way just enough to get home, then get it checked by a professional.

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