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I noticed two days ago that the a/c cooling system was not cooling as it should. Drove it for a short time yesterday - same experience. Today after driving about 10 minutes in stop and go traffic - noticed that the temp gauge went into the red zone - engine was noticably noisier. Drove for about 5 minutes to home. Checked coolant bottle - it was empty - so filled it. Then turned car back on to see if water from coolant bottle would help cool down engine. The temp gauge stayed in the red - so turned car off - waiting for engine to cool down. What should i do - should i take it to a radiator repair shop or a mechanic ?

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Sounds as if the electric fan on the radiator isn't coming on. Most radiator shops also work with A/C systems and may be more qualified to do the work. However, any good "normal" repair shop should also be able to diagnose the problem. Try not to drive it very far and keep close watch on the engine temperature. An overheat can do extensive (expensive) engine damage. If you have a fill cap on the radiator, fill it there (when cooled down) filling the recovery bottle may not be sufficient to get coolant into the engine.

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