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2002 Xterra Overheating after a lot of work

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Good afternoon all,

I currently live in AZ and during the summer, my xterra overheats quite often. Last summer I replaced the water pump, radiator, fan clutch, temperature sender, and a miscellaneous engine part. I have also made sure it has the correct amount of coolant in it, yet it still overheats on hot days. Before I did the replacements, it was overheating while driving no matter the temperature, after the upgrades, it only overheats when the temperature reaches a bit over 100 and I have to travel over any type of mountain. My dilemma is that I have to leave the valley and therefore go over the surrounding mountains mid summer. Is there anything that I could do to limit or eliminate the overheating issue at this point or is it just something I should expect with a vehicle of that age.
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I did end up having it flushed a bit before I had the radiator changed out. As for my driving habits, that could definitely be a cause as well (but I don't believe it to be the only one) as I am used to driving in cooler temperatures where that type of driving was completely acceptable for the car, unlike in AZ. I will start going through some of the steps and see if that doesn't help it some, while also trying not to break the bank any. Thanks for your input, very helpful!
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