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Engine overheating car runs hot after driving for about 20 - 30 minutes and air condition stopped working

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this problem could be that the thermostate is bad or the fan has stoped working ...this is the easiest fixs if this is not the problem check the fuses first for the ac and the fan in fuse box


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