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88 VW cabriolet overheating after running fine

Hi, my 88 VW cabriolet all of the sudden started overheating, I'm in South Carolina. I have been driving under the same weather conditions for the last 90 days with no problems. What could be the problem that is causing it to overheat, after running fine? I have checked the coolant level and it is just over the 'minimum' line,but this is after it overflowed slightly.Thank you TK

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It could be your thermostat has ceased to open has caused the problem,you may need to replace it, or your water pump has is faulty & needs to be replaced....hope this helps....cheers.

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