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Pressure test the engine to prove it.

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SOURCE: blown head gasket 2001 oldsmobile aurora

IF it was any gasket issue you would be losing coolant or getting air into the coolant, usually causing it to overflow. You have not said any of these things, so I would suspect this is an issue with the fluid not moving through the engine, either because it is blocked, or because the water pump is not moving it.

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SOURCE: 1995 Ford Thunderbird 4.6L V8 need help to track

A couple of questions and a couple of answers

  • Does it overheat sitting still for 10 minutes? or just when driving? If it is sitting still and all of the above is true then one of the above is not true My money would be on the fan.
  • By the Radiator fan runs perfectly do you mean it spins? if the clutch is worn then you can have overheating issues when it is sitting still or while driving.
  • The gentleman who told you it couldn't be the head gasket is truthful. If the radiator build enough pressure up while it was hot to blow off the radiator hose then the gasket is sealed or it would of just flooded the block instead.
  • Things to check
  1. Is the air deflector and the fan molding still on the vehicle? it is amazing how much of a difference these make on the older long nosed vehicles. IF the answer is no you need to find the fan molding and put it on or get the bottom air deflector replaced or fixed as this is where a majority of the fresh air is going to come from.
  2. Is the thermostat placed in the vehicle properly? Yes almost seems like a trivial problem but it is possible to put in backwards and depending on the thermostat can cause problems
  3. Did you put an OEM water pump in the vehicle? If not did it get put in the car going the correct direction? OEM pumps have flat blades meaning it does not matter the direction Most aftermarket have curved ones causing the water pump to not function properly.
  4. If the pump was installed properly was the Serpentine belt placed properly?

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SOURCE: 1994 Toyota Camry LE V6 Overheating, Steaming Engine--Blown Head Gasket??

It is best to be systematic about this. It could be either the water loss or the overheating which is the basic cause, either one could come first.

- there is a test for combustion gases in the water jacket, from a blown head gasket. This will very quickly cause overheating, and the excess pressure will blow the water out the overflow reservoir. If the car has already overheated and died, this is unfortunately quite likely

- the temperature sensor in the block may have failed. This will prevent the fans from running when the engine overheats, and you can see this. The fans are not driven by a belt. P68....

- the thermostat may have stuck closed. You will have to get it out and test it, but this is not difficult. See p328

- this model of Camry has a plastic top tank to the radiator, which eventually cracks. Look there carefully.

- it may be that a radiator hose has gone soft and closed up. Check they are allowing good coolant flow.

- it could be that in a car this age that the radiator has silted up and is not allowing coolant through. Disconnect the top and bottom radiator hoses, when cool, and run water through from a garden hose to get some idea about that.

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A leaking head gasket would cause oil to leak into the coolant or coolant into the oil pan, also coolant into the cylinders and compression into the cooling system.
Lack of coolant would not keep the engine from starting but coolant in the cylinders could foul the spark plugs.
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IF it was any gasket issue you would be losing coolant or getting air into the coolant, usually causing it to overflow. You have not said any of these things, so I would suspect this is an issue with the fluid not moving through the engine, either because it is blocked, or because the water pump is not moving it.

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A blown head gasket is usually easy to confirm. The head gasket prevents the engine coolant and oil from mixing under the head. If you have a blown head gasket, you should be able to see bubbles of water/cooland on the dip stick when you check your oil.

I do agree that with your heater taking a while to get warm, it probably has some build-up in the system that needs to be flushed out, before it causes other issues.

Best of luck!

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