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Q: Overheating problems

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I am having overheating problems.

Hi. Overheating is typically caused by three main concerns, either not enough coolant in the engine, not enough flow of coolant, (stuck closed thermostat, pinched hose) or the radiator isn’t exchanging heat fast enough. If the coolant level looks ok and everything else is in proper condition, I would suspect a missing air dam on the bottom of the car. These f-body cars (Camaro, Firebird, Trans Am) don’t have cutouts in the front of the car so they rely on the air dam to scoop cool air from the bottom of the bumper. Have a certified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, inspect your overheating problem verify your air dam is still intact.

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