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96 Tarus Running Hot

I have a 1996 Ford Tarus running hot. The coolant flows out of the water overflow tank. The themostat has been replaced. The raditor has been flushed. Could the water pump be the problem? Could the heater core been blocked? Could the water flow with a big air bubble cause the car to get hot? If the car has a cracked head or block would the car get hot?
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Check the water pump.I have seen the impellers corode off.Also check for factory recalls on this vechicle.

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