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My engine is overheating, and when i lift the hood it appears that the coolant in my coolant reservoir is boiling/bubbling....there doesnt seem to be a leak except from the reservoir itself, the reservoir is cracked but im not sure if thats the source of the bubbling

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With the engine cool open radiator cap. If the level is low you are losing coolant. Go for a 30/40 dollars, radiator compression test. Might be a bad radiator cap seal, water pump leak cylinder head gasket.
If the coolant level is in top, then there are many other reason.

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a pressure check on the cooling system will confirm this, but you could also check the exhaust gas.
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