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My 1988 Cabriolet started running hot.

My car always did well. Now it starts running hot after about 5 miles of driving. I have antifreeze oil is changed. Ive thought about the thermostat,any ideas?

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Change thermostat if that dont work change heater core if that dont work change your intake manifold gasket

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