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Q: I need to have a bad thermostat replaced.

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I think my thermostat might be bad. I need to confimr what is causing my coolant leak before I move forward with the repair.

A: Thermostats should not cause fluid to leak ...

Thermostats should not cause fluid to leak but will cause it to overheat. You should have your cooling system pressure tested to determine where the leak is coming from.

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