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Why would a 1995 Grand Prix radiator be low on fluid when the reservoir is full and should the fans located just behind the radiator run all the time or just when needed?

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2005-10-21 01:27:20
2005-10-21 01:27:20

fan should only run when needed, low fluid sensor lamp is on because cooling system has a vapor lock,ei:air pocket where sensor is. bleed off air and the rest should take care of its self

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