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Want to know if this sounds like head or head gasket problem

I just purchased a 1996 vw golf gl gas four cylinder. The seller stated that the fan stopped working and vehicle overheated and runs hot. When i fill the expansion tank and start the car, it will run rough if the tank is closed tight and within a minute or so water will shoot out of the tank if i open it. there seems to be a smell of fuel in the water that comes out of the expansion tank. The engine runs smooth if the tank lid is left off but steam comes out soon afterwards. The oil doesn't appear to be milky but the seller may have changed it right before I came over to look at and buy it. I know I still need to figure out why fan is not coming on as well. All fuses are ok. Any ideas of what may be wrong would be appreciated. Car is spotless and has only 39,000 actual miles or I would have never tackled this. It is to be my daughters first car so I want to make sure it is running properly before she begins driving it. Thanks again.

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Make sure you have 50 percent water and 50 percent antifreeze.hot wire fan to see if work.if not replace it.if works check fan relay.if car stills over heat check top radiator hose .should get warm in 10 minutes.if not replace thermostat. if a lot of white smoke come out of exhaust.after car warms up .suspect blowed head gasket.

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