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Engine coolant not circulating

Coolant not circulating,water pump looks new and impeller is spinning.Im assuming there is a thermostat somewhere,if there is,where is it?

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Hi mate if you gerabox oil is rising this means your water pump seal has gone you can only see the water circulating when you rev it with the cap off also take the water pump cover off and see if the propellor spins with then engine running but dont run it too long as you will seize the engine if it doesnt spin you need to replace the water pump shaft as it could be broken or worn also make sure there is no air in the system good luck

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No thermostat sound like you have a ubstruction somewhere make sure the oil is not milky if it is you need to replace you impellar seal behinde the blade make sure your radiator grates are clean with a preasure washer

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