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Overheating, is it the thermastat

Interior gages are showing over heating and radiator pushing fluids out -- bone dry

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    Bob Payne Oct 28, 2008

    Its the head gasket, I also had this problem. I started out with a pressure relief cap on the radiator, then a new radiator with dual fans instead of a single because that blew on the right side, then a new thermostat and seal, then new radiator hoses because the old ones blew from too much pressure, then a new water pump. finally the head gasket.

    Its doing this because when the piston goes up, it pushes air through the head gasket before the valves open, causing higher pressure in the cooling system, with verrry hot air.

    the head gasket on this is MLS, meaning Multi Layer Steel, three thin layers of steel crimped together. head gasket sealer will work for a while, but not for long, it will build up on the waterpump and freeze it up.

    if you change the head gasket, be sure to have the head resurfaced an a machine shop. I'm not a big fan of NAPA, but their machine shop usually have the lowest rates and they normally do a good/great job.

    Good luck


  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    water pump froze up

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If it is a head gasket allowing the engine to pressurize the cooling system, the coolant will smell like exhaust and will bubble from the radiator with the cap off.If it is also affecting the combustion process in one or more cylinders, the engine will missfire and the coolant will smell like gasoline.

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