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1997 saturn when starting it runs for 20 or 30 mins then gets hot could that be the head gasket?

Filled full with oile could that make the head gasket blow and over heat

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If the coolant level is full, the fans are coming on and the t-stat is working properly than yes it could be a head gasket. I would check the other three things first to make sure there is not a simple solution first. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them. Thank you for using FixYa.com!

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Something is drawing too much power and you will have to find out which it is. When the head job was done they may have gotten a wire pinched in the block or some thing. You would have to be quite mknowledgable in vehicle electronics to find it. I would suggest that you take it back to the shop or guy that done the head job for you to correct.

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My girlfriend has a 91 sundance. I solved that prob by doing a coolant flush and replacing the radiator cap. The gasket was torn to shreds on the cap

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SOURCE: blown head gasket on a 1997 ford taraus a diagram

if u live by a library go to their reference area and look up their car repair manuals photostat the 3 pages if library is neg ask an auto shop if u can copy theirs ,or go 2 a police dept that has the mech shop on grounds they have the books and cd s for the ford line. or last chilton or haynes books

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Is your car an SC1 or an SC2 model? The reason I ask is because a head gasket for the SC2 is about $150 while the head gasket for the SC1 is about $70. Depending on what shop you go to, the labor rate can run anywhere from $85 an hour to $150 an hour. That should answer your question.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010

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SOURCE: HOW TO FIX A BLOWN HEAD GASKET ON A 1997 PONTIAC

This is a very lengtht process so my suggestion to yoy is to go to an auto parts store and ask for a "chilton book" for your vehicle.this book will walk you through the process

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