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I have a 1997 pontiac firebird. Recently, it had overheated & we changed the thermostat. after fixing that, it drives fine for a few minutes then starts smoking from under the hood. Any ideas of what it could be & how much it could be to fix? I've been seeing a lot of people saying the head gasket could be blown? But I am not sure.

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Where is the smoke coming from? how often can you tell me if it still overheats?

Posted on Oct 24, 2012

  • Stephanie VanHasselt Oct 24, 2012

    It doesn't show that it's overheating, but it seems as soon as the car warms up it starts smoking. I'm not exactly sure where though, passenger side if that helps

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    militantbeast Oct 25, 2012

    is the car overheating while running? how often etc..? im trying to help you but icant do that without more dtails



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I know that this is going to sound like of dumb but I would check and make sure your thermostat was installed the correct way. I had a similar issue once, after replacing the entire cooling system on a 750iL it still over heated, turned out I put in the thermostat the wrong way. Always check for little mistakes first:) Hope this helps and please don't forget to rate me.

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Well it sounds like a blown head gasket.with the bubbling radiator,and the white smoke.when you turned the motor off did you find any coolant seeping from where the white smoke came from. ?If so head gasket, and maybe even a cracked head. Good luck.brm.

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