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I have a 1997 Ford Explorer XLT with 4.0 Engine. I had the engine rebuilt 1 week ago. The check engine light comes on after about 5 minutes of use and the temperature gauge goes up to about 3/4 hot when I am driving, but goes back to normal when I come to a stop. One time it actually over heated. I took the vehicle back and was told that the new thermostat was defective and a new one installed, but the truck is still over heating. I was also told that my radiator is probably clogged. A couple of friends who are mechanics told me that it could not be a bad radiator because the truck would overheat at idle also. I was told that it was a bad head gasket. What could this possibly be since the engine was just rebuilt? Thanks in advance for your help. Katrina

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Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Katrina, You could just have an air pocket in your coolant system, a malfunctioning cooling fan, or you could have a much larger problem. You need to take your vehicle to a technician that you trust and have the problem properly diagnosed. There are a few tests that can be performed to determine why the vehicle is overheating. It's always best to spend a couple of dollars to have it properly diagnosed as opposed to guessing and replacing perfectly good parts. If you are having trouble finding a technician you can trust, Ask Patty has a list of quality and female friendly shops. You can also ask neighbors, family members and coworkers who they trust. Good luck. Suzanne

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