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I can't drive the car a mile and it's still running hot. Please can someone help me

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You should drain and flush your radiator then follow the instructions in the Manual when you refill (with Coolant not plain water) And make sure you have the heater turned all the way up. Fan off and AC off. It would seem as if you may have an airlock in the system. You may be able to cure this by bleeding the system, but as you don't say what make and model your car is I can't be more specific.

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  • Michael Green Jul 24, 2013

    There is another possibility, you may ahave a failed head gasket. A garage can test for this by diping the radiator header tank. A good sign of head gasket failure is a creamy substance on the oil filler cap- this is an emulsion of oil and water. head gasket failure can cause overheating due to the combustion gasses heating the coolant.


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Lets start with the easiest most obvious to rule out first. 1. make sure you dont have a leak in the radiator,its hoses, heater core or any were in the system that may becausing you to lose coolent. 2. check and see if the themometer located in the system is working to make sure its opening as needed. these 2 things make up for about 65% of vehicles running hot or over heating, and are the easiest to check and cheapest to fix. be very careful not to be fooled into unneeded repairs by a so called car professional. check around town and see who the locals recommend id ask about 10 to 15 different people and see who the reccommend and have my vehicle brought there. are possibly if your mechanically inc. you can get the information on how to do the work yourself depending on your vehicle

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  • irelandnut Nov 21, 2013

    thermostat is stuck take it out and try



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