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Over heating my 97 intrepid has a new radiator its supposed to have a new water pump and i replaced the thermostat but it over heats really quick and it kicks all the coolant out of the over flow tank every thing seems to be running fine except for the over heating any sugestions

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  • BAD CHAD Jul 29, 2008

    ive checked the oil in the engine and i didnt see any water in it so could it still be a head gasket?

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It can only be two other things, make sure the fan is working and if the fan is working, then you need to change the head gasket.

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