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Same as Crystal W posted 12/10/2012. Overheated...NEVER did before...(mechanic) Found: after thermostat replacement-exhaust gases=head gasket? cracked head? Suggestion: possible leak stop product-Any other owner/operator repair suggestions? Worth As Is? Parts? 157K miles. 4x4 excellent. Many new parts: front end, brakes all around, battery, cold A/C, 6-good tires on rims, all power-all working. Paperwork.

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Bad fan switch(Fan is not going on )Cloged radiator.Loose water pump belt.Water pump leaking/damaged blades.Incorect water blead/refill(air in the system).Bad water temp sensor.Last:bad head gsket. will show oil/petrol in the water(by filling the system with air also will make cooling much difficult).Cracked head will make white smoke (vapor) in the exhaust).Creamy white oil is from pistons head problem (water in oil)

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(1) I would suggest someone scan the ABS system for codes. I Have an '03 silverado 2500HD Crew cab, and it needs an EBCM (Electronic Brake Control Module) "ABS module". "Service Brake System" message on dash, ABS and Brake warning lamps lit as well. May be the R/F ABS wheel speed sensor, but what you described happen, shouldn't have caused damage to it.
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It sounds to me like you have a vacuum leak or maybe a vacuum line connected in a wrong location. To find this if it's a leak, have a mechanic perform a vacuum test by blowing air through the intake. If there is a leak you will here air being forced out from the leaking location. Some shops also use smoke.

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Was the car over heating before the water pump and head gaskets were replaced? Putting in a new Radiator will make it run even colder.and take even way longer than the one hour it is already taking to warm up.The computer in the car commands the engine cooling fan On/Of at a predetermined temperature.It receives this data from monitoring engine sensors such as the engine coolant temperature sensor.So if it is defective and the computer is not recognising the defect it thinks that the engine is running hot when it is realy running cold and will command that the cooling fan be on.Resulting in the fan running in 24-7 as you put it. If you want the engine to warm up faster and the cooling fan to operate normaly then I would replace the engine coolant temperature sensor and the relay for the fan circuit as well. If you need to talk to me further about this you can use the reply box below. Please let me know how this goes for you and I hope this is usefull for you. Good Luck and have a good XMASS.

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