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Cooling System Okay wiz I think I spoke a little to soon. While the trick helped it was only temporary. My car sat through the day and when I left for work it started doing the same thing so I tried it again so far it's alright. Do I need to keep doing this until the problem stops? Or is there another solution? I had my radiator cap tested and it lost pressure slowly but they said not enough to cause any problems.

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Unless there is a leaking head gasket or you didn't get all the air purged from the system the 1st time, the procedure I gave you has been used by me for 30 years with 100% success, the only other thing that comes to mind (and it would be rare) is a water pump suction leak, have seen that 1 time.

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