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When the engine is cold check the fluid level in the overflow tank. If it is low add coolant. If you have to add coolant recheck until it stays at the full when cold level. Otherwise that is normal as that is exactly what the overflow tank is for.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011

Could have a Bad Head Gasket

Certainly is over heating

Posted on Mar 22, 2011

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