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My car is over heating

My car was over heating cuz the water pump was leaking water. After it was fixed It still has the blinking water lights on and it's over heating. An another thing is that I now have no heater in my car. What's wrong with it :( thank you for taking the time out of your day to help me Debbie

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debbie, It could be as simple as the coolant is too low. When the car is cold (not driven for 4 hours or more) check the level in the overflow bottle, it has a level (usually cold and hot), fill to that level., and also take off the radiator cap. The radiator should be filled up to the bottom of the cap. Fill that too. (your car owners manual will show the locations of this, or ask someone who knows abut cars)You should be using a 50/50 (half water half antifreeze)mix of water and antifreeze (coolant).You can also purchase it already mixed at any parts store. When the level is too low, your heater won't work, and your car will overheat, so it's possible it wasn't refilled all the way after the water pump was replaced. Let me know if you have any questions, and how you make out w/ the car. countrycurt0

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