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Overheating 1996 saturn sl2

TO "MOTOR1258" (96 saturn sl2) I tried your suggestion today an this time the fan didnt come on an it started over heating even this time after turnibg on the a/c it didnt cool down i noticed when reving it the water in the reservor would go down for a monent.I took a temp reading with a tool we have at work for reading how hot parts are runnig an at the thermastat it was 248 at the head 260 approx. an the temp gauge inside was reading slightly above half. i'm starting to think the head is cracked or the gasket (is there any way of checking). my friend at work was saying the computer contols the fan too an maybe something there.I hate these new cars with all these sencors an computers why couldnt they just left things like the good olds days. I drove it home for work maybe half mile an it oveheated this time the gauge almost hit the red> an in puting water in i noticed a bubbleing effect when the reservor was about half full an it was going from a 1/2in. hose that gos to the thermastat area. I'm also thinking of thating out the thermastat. if you need another details please tell me. SIR PLEASE ACCEPT MY DEAPEST BLESSING TO YOU FOR YOUR HELP honestly ive always done all my own work on my familys car but these new cars drive me nuts an i dont have 200-300-400 $ for someone just to tell me it was a sencor. please help me help my daughter

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Check your oil while warm. If it looks like chocolate milk, you have coolant in your oil. If your vehicle is cold, undo the oil drain plug and see if you have coolant coming out of the oil pan. You can also rent a Block Tester at Autozone for $25.00 (you get the 25.00 back when you return it) and buy some block test fluid ($8.99). You get a lot of fluid and will be able to check multiple times. Pour the test fluid into the tester to the line and take off your radiator cap. Run your car until it's at the high side of normal and put the tester into your radiator filler neck. Depress the aspirator bulb over and over for two minutes and see if the blue fluid turns green or yellow. If it does, you have combustion/emission gases in the coolant and therefore a cracked/warped block/head or a bad head gasket. If it turns green or yellow, disconnect one head's spark plug wires and re-test. If you have the same happen, you have a problem with that head. Check the other too.

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