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Ford focus i was driving my car last night and at one stage when i stopped the car ws not idling properly and also when i was taking off and changing gears the car is jumpy. I also noticed at one stage the temp gauge went up slightly.

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Make sure you have antifreeze /water in it.this is caused by an air lock, remove the expansion cap when cold ,fill up to the top,run the engine with out the cap /1500rpms turn the heater on to hot ,and you will feel the air change to hot in 30 ./50 seconds.the water will drop quickly so if you could have somebody to top it up ready .then replace the cap,

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