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Old 01-13-2019, 10:57 PM
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The best way to burp a rad is to get the rad up. Having the front of the vehicle going up a sharp incline like a ditch with the motor at operating temp with the rad cap off. Get it nice and warm and then shut it off to cool down. Then start it up and get it back up to temp and let it run for a bit keeping the rad full and watching for any further air bubbles. After this put the rad cap on and fill the overflow up and make a reference as to how high a fill it is at and take for a hard drive to force the temp up and then take it home and park it for the night, hopefully with the front end a bit higher than the rear. Check the overflow in the morning to see if the level has changed.

One thing that wouldn't hurt is to put a new high quality rad cap on. If original yours would be 6 years old now and it is a cheap insurance policy for future issues with the temp.
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My concern right now is what caused it to overheat in the first place. If the thermostat and water pump were good, the only thing I know of now is a clogged radiator. I understand about the head gasket possibility if one is run hot, but would one just have went bad to begin with?
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Did you check the fan clutch?
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The clutch seems to be fine. When cold, you can move it with your hand with some resistance. It doesn't freewheel. Besides, if your running warm cruising down the highway at 60 or 65, the fan isn't doing much anyway is it?
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Yes, it does. it's not a small I4- it's a big V8 with lots of heat distribution, which needs to be cooled down. don't count on driving wind.
When the engine is hot, it should be very hard to turn, compared to cold.
I don't know, if you also have the electric auxillary fan- this fan usually comes on in stop and go, where the rpm is low and the main fan has not the speed to cool the engine down. if so, try to put 12V permanent on it and see, if the temperature still goes up. When it does, one of your head gaskets is likely shot.
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