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Overheating...changed radiator, pump, and im not sure all what else...a friends car..i dont know if its a head gasket or a solinoid...any suggestions. its a 97 328 ic i believe.

Overheating...changed radiator, pump, and im not sure all what else its a friend car...dont know if its a blown gasket or a selenoid...i know that s not much to go on but any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Leave the pressure cap off.Run engine and check if you having any air bubbles in the water.If yes a blown head gasket.If no replace the thermostat.Make sure the fan is in good working order.

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