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Toyota rav 4 1996,engine overheats and car stalls...

My rav4's engine seems to always overheat and then the car stalls and takes a few minutes before it can be started again.i suspect that the cylinder head gasket may have blown,but im not very sure..the engine's temperature seems to rise very rapidly.are there any suggestions as to how i can fix the problem,or any suggestions as to what the problem actually is?

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Ok i have a couple of suggestions -

When the car run, does it run smooth? If so then try the following.
I think oddly enough you have two problems.

Replace the water thermostat if it has not been replaced in 50-70k.

An easy test is to TEMPORARILY remove it the thermostat completely and see if it says cool. If so replace and your done with that problem.

Now the second problem might be related to the thermostat, but I am guessing not. You have an auto idler solenoid that is probably sticky and will act erratically and get worse in a short time.
They are like $80-100 bucks and can be replaced by a do-it-yourselfer. It is located on the throat of the full throttle body.

You can avoid spending the 100 bucks and remove it and try and remove some of the carbon build up with a carb cleaner spray or soak it overnight. if you know how, you can manually electronically actuate the selenoid so you can clean the other end of the valve.
This will buy you 5-10k more, sometimes longer but it is cheaper to replace it in the long run as it will go out when you least are prepared.

Good luck,

E

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